Published: 11th Jun 2020
Finding activities that bring about the right health benefits and also manage to keep you interested and enthusiastic enough to maintain your programme is essential.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is all the rage right now – alternating short bursts of intense exercise with interludes of rest or lower-intensity exercise.
And providing you have no health conditions that could make it dangerous for you – it might be worth giving it a go for the following reasons:
One of the reasons for the current soaring interest in HIIT is that you can do it at home, either in the house or in the garden.
And once you are able to get back to the gym, you will be able to do it there too.
Most routines involve varying different types of high intensity exercise – such as burpees, high-knee running on the spot and squats – but require nothing more than your own body.
Most HIIT workouts are simple and repetitive. There are also plenty of videos and routines online for you to follow, making it an easy session to follow.
A HIIT session can be done in just 20 minutes, making it ideal for people who have busy lives. It can be a quick and easy way to ensure a good burst of energy at the start of the day.
Sessions such as these help you to burn high levels of calories in relatively short periods of time and can be a great way to lose body fat.
Three HIIT sessions a week should help strengthen your bones and build your muscle tone. This will bring about other long-term health benefits.
It is also thought that raising your metabolic rate during a HIIT session carries on into the rest of your day.
If regular HIIT sessions are maintained, you could therefore boost your metabolism in the longer term.
HIIT sessions are also thought to help improve your oxygen consumption and reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. They might even also reduce your blood sugar levels.
Sessions can be adapted to suit the exercises you enjoy or are capable of doing given your own body and possible physical constraints.
Always seek professional medical advice if you have any specific concerns.
The main thing with any exercise is to ensure you enjoy it – and HIIT sessions are hard work but also great fun and highly satisfying!