High intensity training adapts to the cellular structure of muscles which enables you to increase your endurance while doing any type of exercise. The Journal of Physiology posted a study where people participated in H.I.I.T. for eight weeks and the results showed that they had doubled the length of time they could ride a bicycle while keeping the same pace.
Burns calories and fat in a shorter period of time – H.I.I.T. is great if you have a limited amount of time to work out. Studies show that 15 minutes of high intensity interval training burns more calories than jogging on a treadmill for an hour.
H.I.I.T. uses a system of work-hard-then-recovery intervals, alternating between high intensity workouts with short resting periods. Through interval training your body learns how to efficiently use the energy that comes from your body’s energy system. H.I.I.T. also helps remove toxic wastes from your muscles during the resting periods.
High Intensity Interval Training helps you consume more oxygen than a non-interval workout routine. The excess amount of oxygen consumed helps increase your rate of metabolism from about 90 minutes to 144 minutes after a session of interval training – resulting in burning more calories at a faster rate.
H.I.I.T. workouts are extremely cost efficient because you need zero equipment! All you need is a little open space. H.I.I.T. workouts utilize your own body weight, so any workout that gets your heart rate up quickly such as plyometrics, high knees and jumping jacks can be implemented into a H.I.I.T. workout.
When participating in such high intensity workouts your body’s repair cycle goes into hyper drive. This means in 24 hours after a H.I.I.T. workout your body is still burning calories and fat whereas in steady-pace workouts, you may not.
Steady cardio is often associated with losing muscle. H.I.I.T. workouts, however, combine weight training (the weight being your body) and effectively allows dieters to preserve their muscle gain while still shedding weight.
You don’t have to limit yourself to just running or biking. In fact, you can pick any cardio workout and make it an interval workout. You can bike one day, and the next day you can switch it up to jogging or aerobics.
They say that extreme training helps build extreme results. It’s hard for most people to push themselves to an anaerobic zone where you lose your breath and feel your heart pounding faster and faster. With interval training it’s easier to push yourself to that level because of the rest interval that comes right after you reach that point. This helps keep a healthy heart and helps blood flow effectively throughout your whole body.
H.I.I.T. workouts offer seasoned workouts a new challenge and beginners a quicker way to see results. You are constantly pushing yourself out of your comfort zone therefore you can never get bored with your workout!