While most people are aware of the benefits associated with getting regular exercise, about 30 percent of the world’s population fails to do so. One of the common reasons given for not making exercise a priority is a lack of time. If this is your main issue, you may appreciate high interval intensity training (HIIT), an approach to fitness that involves short, intense workouts combined with recovery periods. Plus, HIIT offers many appealing health-related benefits, like the three discussed below.
1 Calories Are Burned Faster
One study found that 30 minutes of HIIT resulted in the burning of about 25 to 30 percent more calories than 30 minutes of weight-training, biking, and running. To get the same results with those other exercises, you’ll need to extend your efforts a bit longer. The conclusion is that you can burn more calories with HIIT in a way that’s not as demanding on your time.
2 You Can Lose Fat and You Might Gain Muscle
A review of nearly 500 adults with excess weight concluded that HIIT can reduce both waist size and body fat. Another study found that individuals that did 20-minute HIIT sessions three times a week for three months lost nearly five pounds. There’s also evidence suggesting some people may be able to gain muscle mass with HIIT, primarily within the trunk and legs.
3 You’ll Be Lowering Your Blood Pressure
There’s research suggesting HIIT can reduce your heart rate and lower your blood pressure if you are carrying around extra pounds. One study found that two months of HIIT on a stationary bike reduced BP similar to what was experienced with standard endurance-related training during the same period of time. These results are more common in overweight and obese individuals with blood pressure problems than normal weight people.
If you’re ready to see if high interval intensity training is right for you, consider taking an introductory class. This way you’ll learn the basics and get an idea of what’s involved with a typical HIIT workout. Contact or visit Cristini Athletics today to learn more.
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