A new study has shown that High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is just as enjoyable as traditional exercise for those who are less active. This is great news. HIIT is a great way to fit short bursts of cardiovascular exercise into a busy week, with proven results. As obesity levels rise (the CDC report that a third of US adults are now classed as obese or overweight), and stress and anxiety become more commonly reported, we need a workout that fits into life. HIIT could be it. Beginning a new fitness routine may be one of the very best things you do for your own self-improvement; not only does it improve physical health, but it can also bring enormous mental health benefits. Whatever your self-improvement goals, HIIT can help in many ways.
Benefits of HIIT
HIIT was predicted to be one of the biggest fitness trends of 2018 by over 4,000 fitness professionals. Its appeal lies in its efficiency and proven results. The technique involves training at maximum effort for a quick burst, followed by short, less active recovery periods. This gets your heart rate up and keeps it high; burning more fat in less time. Despite its athletic sounding name, HIIT can actually be enjoyed at any age and fitness level, making it perfect for those who want to get fitter as part of their own self-improvement journey.
Forms of HIIT
When it comes to choosing your activity, there are plenty of options. You may like to do squats, jumps, and lunges, or you might prefer more traditional cardiovascular exercise. Running with walks in between is popular. So is cycling hard for a period, followed by a slower speed or gentler incline. If you usually enjoy cycling outdoors but fancy trying something different due to bad weather or lack of time, you could even convert your bike for indoor use and fit in HIIT at home.
Supporting HIIT on your days “off”
Daily HIIT is not recommended; it’s important to plan rest and recovery opportunities during your week. There are, however, lots of ways in which you can keep working towards your self-improvement goals without burn-out. Gentle walking or swimming can be a really effective way of keeping active without putting too much pressure on your heart or joints. You could also try Pilates or yoga sessions to clear your mind and improve flexibility and strength. Nourishing your body with plenty of water, protein, fruit, and vegetables is also an important way to feed its recovery and boost you on your fitness journey.
When it comes to self-improvement, committing to fitness can be a hugely important step. Improving your physical health, feeling happier with your appearance and boosting your mental health are all valid potential goals. High-Intensity Interval Training could be a great asset in your fitness routine as it can fit into shorter, more regular sessions during your week, rather than having to commit to a longer form of traditional exercise. It’s also something you can do at home if you prefer. High-intensity intervals could be just what you need to help your self-improvement goals fly high.