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Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)


High-Intensity Interval Training has rapidly become a popular form of working out and is a great way to burn calories, build stamina and lose fat quickly. HIIT often involves interspersing short periods of high intensity exercise with short periods of low intensity exercise or rest. The high intensity interval training exercise results in the maximum oxygen intake and expenditure of energy and this can help to improve your cardiovascular health. The results can be dramatic as studies have shown that over a three month period the exerciser's brain activity becomes much more efficient resulting in increased ability to focus and longer reaction times.

High-Intensity Interval Training also provides the beneficial benefit of improving mental performance and mood. Some of the other common benefits of interval training include improved immune function, better muscle functioning and circulation, improved body composition, reduced risk of developing osteoporosis, reduced risks of acquiring or re-infecting HIV, reduced risk of developing stroke and joint pain, improved mood, better sleep and increased happiness. HIIT is also beneficial to overall health and can reduce the risk of cancer and other life threatening diseases.

The science behind how HIIT works is that it requires very small muscle groups to perform the work that it does. This is different from traditional forms of exercise which makes it much more difficult to fatigue the muscles. Traditional exercise works large muscle groups over long periods of time which can result in extreme fatigue. HIIT only requires the body to exert a small amount of force for each activity, so there is no significant increase in metabolic rate or heart rate when performing high-intensity interval training. The result is that the exerciser does not have to exert as much effort as with regular exercise and can therefore achieve greater benefits with fewer calories burned.

High-Intensity Interval Training also allows the exerciser to do much more exercise in shorter periods of time. HIIT workouts can range from thirty seconds to one hour, depending on the intensity and length of the session. A typical high-intensity interval training workout will include three to five different bursts of exercise which can be done in intervals of ten seconds each. Most high-intensity interval training sessions will require a stopwatch to determine the number of minutes of exercise each burst of exercise requires. The exercise may then be repeated as many times as necessary until the exerciser has used up the recommended number of minutes.

One of the other important benefits of HIIT workouts is that they can provide much more rapid gains in overall fitness than can traditional forms of exercise. HIIT workouts work the entire body, resulting in significant increases in aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, as well as increases in cardiac output and more efficient use of nutrients by the muscles. Because of these improvements in aerobic and anaerobic fitness, the exerciser will generally experience a greater ability to burn calories and more energy during exercise. The additional benefit of increased fitness can help to improve a person's endurance and strength as well. This means that the longer that the individual engages in HIIT workouts, the more benefits they will reap in terms of increased muscle strength and improved muscular power.

There are many benefits of high-intensity interval training ( HIIT). These include but are not limited to improved fitness, a boost in your metabolism, a greater emphasis on your cardiovascular system, mental health benefits, a greater ability to exercise, and a shorter amount of time dedicated to each exercise routine. For people who are not committed to long term workout plans, high-intensity interval training can be an effective method to add some exercise into their daily lives. As long as you are aware of the proper form, techniques, and exercise prescription, it can prove to be an effective and fun way to live a healthier life.