You already know that working out is good for you. There are so many benefits to keeping up with a regular exercise routine, from glorious endorphin releases to improved energy levels. But there is one kind of exercise in particular that has been attracting the attention of fitness enthusiasts across the globe. HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, is almost as popular as a Kardashian on Met Gala Monday.
HIIT is a blanket term used for workouts that involve short bursts of intense exercise, followed by recovery periods. These workouts are perfect for those who have busy schedules (which, let’s face it, is most of us) and can be adapted to all fitness levels.
GOFA has a wide range of HIIT workouts led by leading celebrity trainers available. If you need a bit more convincing before trying it out, take a look at some of the key benefits of HIIT workouts below.
#1: Gain Muscle
HIIT workouts have the potential to increase muscle mass when performed regularly. The areas most likely to gain muscle include the trunk and the legs, as they are worked most frequently. This is particularly true for those who were less active to begin with – over time, the lower body will become notably stronger and more toned.
#2: Improved Oxygen Consumption
When we talk about oxygen consumption, we mean the ability that our muscles have to use oxygen. Typically, endurance training has been used to improve oxygen consumption. This usually means that we have to run or cycle at a steady pace for long periods of time. However, new studies have shown that HIIT can give us the same benefits but in a shorter space of time.
#3: Healthier Heart Rate & Blood Pressure Readings
Heart disease and high blood pressure are known as silent killers, as you can go for months or even years without knowing that you’re suffering from either one of them. One study, which saw a group of subjects participate in three 20-minute long HIIT sessions per week, resulted in participants gaining healthier heart rate and blood pressure readings.
#4: Burn More Calories In Less Time
When you do a HIIT workout, you can burn up to 30% more calories within the same amount of time. As a result of this, many HIIT sessions are designed specifically to be much shorter than others, making it the perfect workout for those on the go.
#5: Accelerated Fat Loss
If weight loss is your goal, HIIT workouts may be the answer you’re looking for. Studies have shown that despite the short time commitment, HIIT can help to reduce body fat and waist circumference.
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