Having access to TV, internet and magazines, there’s quite a chance that by now, you’re aware of the significance of exercise. You understand how amazingly important it is, and the jaw-dropping positive changes your body can go through if you just take up a little bit more activity.
Did you know that, according to the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, 35.7% (that’s more than one third!) of adults are considered obese? Are you aware of the even more staggering fact that more than 1 in 20 people is considered extremely obese? And if we take men for example, 3 in 4 are overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent). These numbers are actually pretty worrying.
If only there could be a way to get these numbers as low as possible, right? Oh, wait. There are at least a million ways to do this in a healthy manner.
And one of these ways is the famous HIIT (high-intensity interval training).
As the name suggests, this mode of training is intense. Like, seriously intense. This is killer mode, actually.
No, wait, don’t go yet.
High-intensity interval training, or simply HIIT (pronounced as “hit,” or you can spell it, whichever you want) is an intermittent form of exercise where you do powerful bursting muscular contractions for a short period and resting for another short period.
With regular exercise, people often go for a comfortable pace. Let’s say, a 5-7 difficulty, on a scale from 1-10.
HIIT on the other hand, is pushing it to the limits, getting you to the level of a hero in a post-apocalyptic movie.
No, don’t go yet! You don’t know how it works!
HIIT dares to revolutionize training methods and eliminate wimpy excuses about having no time. High- intensity workouts can last as little as 20 minutes and burn twice as jogging. The usual range is around 30 minutes, but no more than that.
During exercise, I know you know this, we catch our breath. Yes, this is common knowledge, but, why do we catch it? Well, it is because when we workout, our muscles burn more oxygen than usual. So, to catch up with that, we need to fill our lungs with more air quickly.
During the short resting period, our heart rate never really drops dramatically. There is just not enough time to recover and bring our heart rate down. On this short rest period, our heart rate drops around 30bpm. That is about 150bpm.
What is all of this for? Because we might agree that it’s not the best solution for beginners.
But the benefits are there.
1. Losing Weight
2. Strength And Endurance
3. Increased Performance In Sports
4. Contest Preparation
5. HIIT Improves Both Energy Systems For Endurance
1. Cranks Up The Challenge
2. You Can Do It Anywhere
3. No Gym Required
4. Saves You Time
5. Double Up
6. Healthy Heart
7. Spiked Metabolism
The good things don’t end there. Inevitably, you burn as much as twice as fast with half the time. Yes, it’s a great bargain. It may seem a little too good to be true, but, that is how their physiology is programmed.
Certified experts from crosstown fitness Ross Bradley and Stacy Spurgeon brings us a list of tips that you can follow to make your routine workouts more effective.
According to them, we must let our bodies get gradually accustomed to the intensity of the workout. Especially for beginners, too much and too fast can expose us to potential injuries.
Allocating rest days and enjoying the rest days for recovery is key to reaching your goals fast.
Izumi Tabata is a Japanese Fitness guru who pioneered the Tabata Training Method. This started out as an experiment and proved, in the end, its superiority over conventional training method.
The methodology revolves on a 20 second all out intense phase and a 10-second rest. This is done in 8 cycles, and you are finished in just four minutes!
Michael is an established journalist who had documented exercise in one of his programs, he decided to take on an experiment on himself to find the truth about HIIT.
His findings, it can lower your insulin sensitivity by 24% in a four-week regimen. This is a remarkable figure especially for those who have a genetic predisposition to diabetes.
Wow. It sounds as scary as it sounds promising. But what’s a little intense body training for an amazing, modern-day superhero such as yourself? Imagine conquering this and looking like someone you only see on TV? Imagine that! It wouldn’t be someone else you admire, it would be you, in the mirror.
You can find all the information you need here and check if this is for you. If you take on the challenge, show us your results. We celebrate superheroes, don’t forget 😉
*This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.