Short on time? Give HIIT a try!

Consistency in an exercise routine is key to getting results. It can be hard to fit in 1-2 hour long workouts at the gym or even in your own home gym. So how can you get the benefits of consistent exercise when you are short on time? The answer is HIIT. HIIT Stands for High-Intensity Interval Training and it is an excellent training option, especially for those who are short on time. Shorter spurts of exercise are done at a high intensity and are followed but a less intense recovery period. These workouts can be done using a variety of exercise modalities from running, cycling, jump rope, etc. HIIT workouts have become increasingly popular because they are remarkably effective while not taking up a lot of time. In addition to being quick and effective, here are five reasons to add HIIT to your routine.

  1. HIIT workouts can be done in less than 30 minutes. For a HIIT workout, the intensity, not the duration, is key. Performing exercise at a high intensity allows you to get the benefits in a short amount of time, making it easy to fit into a busy schedule.

  2. You will burn calories both during and after the workout! Due to EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) your body will continue to burn calories hours after your workout is done. This is because your muscles will continue to use oxygen and fat to repair tissues and replace ATP.

  3. HIIT workouts can be done in health clubs or at home. Most gyms offer HIIT-style group exercise classes led by qualified instructors to help you squeeze in an effective workout. Along with in-person classes, there are several online platforms that offer HIIT programs or classes that you can follow along with in your home.

  4. You have the potential to burn calories and build muscle. Keeping a truly high intensity during these workouts will burn calories both during and after the workout. In addition, it also produces muscle-building metabolic byproducts that encourage your body to build muscle. You can do all this without spending hours in a gym lifting weights.

  5. HIIT is especially effective for losing and maintaining weight. When an exercise uses multiple muscle groups at an intense level, as it does with HIIT, more oxygen is needed and more calories are burned than during less intensive exercise. This makes HIIT especially effective for those looking to lose weight.

Example treadmill HIIT workout:

30 minutes total 5-minute walking warm-up 10 rounds of 1 minute faster run followed by 1 minute of recovery walking 5-minute walking cool-down

If you find that you are short on time but still need to get your workout in, try adding HIIT to your routine. If you would like guidance on creating an effective HIIT routine specific to your needs consider working with a certified personal trainer. There is no need to worry about falling off your plan, you can still have a highly effective workout with HIIT!

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