HEALTH AND FITNESS TIPS
WHY YOU SHOULD BE DOING "HIIT" WORKOUTS
FIRST OFF WHAT IS "HIIT"
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. And if the words "High Intensity" scared you, don't worry because it is all relative to your personal condition. A 72 year old's "high intensity" is probably going to be different than a professional athlete that is only 22 year old.
What exactly is HIIT? It is short periods of high intensity exercise, followed by short recovery periods. Repeating this process properly can provide you with amazing health benefits that not many other types of workouts can!
1) You will burn calories for hours after your workout!
That's right, not only will you burn calories during your workout, but you will burn more after your workout! This post workout calorie burn is far superior to steady state cardio (ex: jogging).
2) You will cut your workout time in HALF!
This will free up valuable time that is precious to all of us!
A 2013 study in the Journal of Physiology found that sedentary men who did 40 to 60 minutes of cycling at 65% of their max five times a week, and those who did sprint interval training for less than 12 minutes each time three times a week saw similar results. They also saw benefits including reduced aortic stiffness and increased insulin sensitivity!
3) It is great for your Heart Health!
Besides being great for building and maintaining a strong heart, HIIT is also better for your blood vessels! The flexibility and elasticity of your blood vessels actually improve due to the increase in pressure during a HIIT workout! So not only does your body and your heart get a good workout, your blood vessels do too!
4) You lose weight, not muscle!
Steady state cardio (ex: jogging or long distance biking) has been shown in studies to cause muscle loss when losing weight. Conversely, HIIT and weight training has shown to help preserve your precious muscle tissue and burn mostly fat stores when losing weight!
5) Become younger, inside and out!
That HIIT training has shown to increase HGH (human growth hormone) by up to 450% for the 24 hours after a workout. HGH is your highly coveted hormone that slows down the aging process, on the inside and out!
6) Increase your metabolism!
The American College of Sports and Medicine said that HIIT helps you consume more oxygen than a non-interval workout routine. The excess amount of oxygen consumed helps increase your rate of metabolism.
7) Make it even more effective by using weights!
HIIT training can be extremely effective by using with weights if structured the proper way. Using weights will tap deeper into your muscle glycogen stores than conventional HIIT will. This will require your body to use more energy to recover and fill these stores back up. With this strategy fat storage is a thing of the past!
This is exactly why our BODYFIT is the most effective workout you will ever experience! Not only does BODYFIT utilize the effectiveness of HIIT, but also adds in the use of weights to absolutely incinerate fat off your body!