You better believe that every woman out there knows that beach season is right around the corner! You know what that means, the number one priority for so many women right now is to lose the fat as fast as possible and get into that bathing suit. Be assured that many will turn to spending endless hours on the treadmill or elliptical, working at a steady pace, and ultimately end up disappointed by the results or lack thereof. Well, how about exploring a new option of cardiovascular exercise:
High Intensity Interval Training.
HIIT is a much more efficient way to train and effectively burn fat at a much faster rate than a moderate level of cardiovascular exercise such as jogging or biking at a steady pace. This type of training allows an individual to achieve greater results in a much shorter period of time because they are ultimately putting in more effort and working harder.
The purpose behind HIIT is to perform brief bouts of hard exercise paired with easier activity for recovery. The possibilities are endless for how a person can incorporate this specific type of training into their routine. You can perform these outside or inside on a treadmill, elliptical or bike. Include sprints, jogging, walking. Make your own time intervals, ranging from 30 seconds to 60 seconds. Aim for maximum effort, the point is to really get that heart rate ramped up!
So, what are some of the benefits of HIIT?
Overall, this high intensity training results in more total calories burned. It will increase growth hormone levels which in turn results in an increased metabolism, not only during the exercise, but throughout the entire day. The more total calories burned equals greater weight loss.
HIIT also has been suggested to improve cardiovascular endurance and overall heart health. You will begin to notice improved muscular tone. This is because of the muscle fibers that are targeted during intense activity. HIIT recruits the larger muscle fibers that typically lie dormant during your daily routine, engaging them and allowing you to begin to see greater gains and improvements in explosiveness. Incorporating HIIT into your weight training and workout routine will help preserve muscles and burn fat whereas moderate levels of cardiovascular exercise have been seen to actually break down muscle mass.