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HIIT AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

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If you follow fit people on Instagram, or blogs, you’ve probably heard the term “HIIT”. It stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. So why would you care?  And how can this help you? Well, this is one of the most effective ways to burn fat through exercise.And for me, it’s way less tedious.  Long slow jogs on the treadmill are like torture to me, so luckily, science has shown that I can benefit even more through short, intense bursts of exercise.

  • HIIT has become very popular lately.  It’s part of the reason Crossfit gyms continue to pop up all over the country.
  • HIIT is a form of training in which you go all out, or at least very hard for short bursts, and then you walk or even just chill completely for your recovery period
  • Training like this gets your heart rate closer to its maximum and burns more fat throughout the day.

Eric Salvador, NASM, NSCA, and head instructor at The Fhitting Room in New York City, says, “A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery,”   He also added, “This afterburn effect is referred to as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.”

Some of the other benefits of HIIT include:

1. Increases Your Metabolism
High intensity interval training, causes more intense muscle contractions, and this can give you a boost in your metabolism for up to two days after your workout. 2. Less time 
A HIIT workout can be done anywhere. I do mine on my buddy’s golf course, but if you don’t have access to a private golf course, they can be done at home, in a park, a hotel, your gym or pretty much anywhere. I usually do 10 sets of 1 minute sprints, followed by 1 minute rest.  So most HIIT workouts are 20 to 30 minutes. 3. You don’t need equipment 
HIIT workouts typically only use your body weight.  The key is getting your heart rate up high for a short burst. These types of “cardio” workouts actually build muscle, and as we’ve mentioned before, that is the key to boosting your metabolism and burning fat long after the workout is over. So the basic idea, is to do whatever you can at 100% for about a minute, that gets your heart pumping as fast as possible and follow it up with 30 seconds to a minute of rest.Then repeat that 10 to 15 times. It’s not easy, but like anything in life that really works, it takes some hard work.  And in this case, the hard work pays off!

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