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7 Reasons why HIIT is here to stay...

We’ve all heard of it, but what makes high intensity interval training so good for us?

IT IMPROVES FITNESS LEVELS
HIIT improves your fitness levels as it stimulates several physiological changes in the body which can lead to improved speed and stamina. One way it does this is by helping the body learn how to burn lactic acid more efficiently, allowing you to exercise for longer before fatigue sets in.

IT’S QUICK
If you have a busy, hectic lifestyle like most people seem to have these days, HIIT is ideal for you. HIIT alternates short periods of intensive anaerobic exercise with less intense periods of rest in order to elevate your heart rate into a high intensity zone, before giving you some time to recover, so that you can begin the cycle again. It’s so effective that a short 15 to 20 minute HIIT workout can be as beneficial to you as jogging on the treadmill for an hour.

WORKOUTS CAN TARGET SPECIFIC AREAS OR CAN BE FULL BODY
The possibilities are endless when it comes to a HIIT workout. This style of training is beneficial for both a full body workout or when you’d like to work on a specific area and it’s brilliant for burning fat. This means that you can incorporate elements of HIIT training into almost any workout – be it resistance or cardio – for optimum results.

IT BOOSTS YOUR METABOLISM AND INCREASES THE NUMBER OF CALORIES YOU’LL BURN
HIIT can boost your metabolism because it stimulates your human growth hormones (HGH) for up to 24 hours after a workout. This is great news for anyone looking to lose weight, as HGH helps speed up your metabolic system and increase the rate at which you burn calories.

YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE
One of the beauties of HIIT is that you don’t need equipment to do it. If you’ve got limited time, or can’t get to the gym, you can get a great HIIT workout in the comfort of your own home. Body weight exercises such as mountain climbers, squats or plyometric exercises (if you’re up to them) are all good ways of raising your heart rate and ensuring you get the most from your workout.

IT CAN LOWER GLUCOSE LEVELS AND IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF YOUR HEART
As the name suggests, HIIT is designed to be intense, getting you to work harder so that your heart rate reaches a high intensity, anaerobic zone. This makes your heart pump faster, which in turn helps it to strengthen. As well as improving the health of your heart, HIIT can also help lower glucose levels in the blood which can help to prevent diabetes. In addition, HIIT increases insulin sensitivity within the body for up to 48 hours after a workout, making it easier to control the body’s blood glucose levels.

IT’S ANTI-AGEING
Another benefit of HIIT is that it slows down your body’s ageing process! Yes, you’ve read that right, HIIT can help you to look younger. This is because HIIT stimulates your human growth hormones which on top of speeding up your metabolism, also slows down the ageing process.

 

7 Reasons why HIIT is here to stay...