What are the benefits of doing High Intensity Interval Training (HITT)?

posted Sep 28, 2017, 9:14 PM by Rebecca Smith

People often ask us what is the best exercise to do when at the gym. There are several different responses and it depends

on what your goals are, however below are the benefits of doing High Intensity Interval Training (HITT)

1. Burn more calories, burn more fat. HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session and afterward because it increases the length of time it takes your body to recover from each exercise session.

HIIT causes metabolic adaptations that enable you to use more fat as fuel under a variety of conditions. This will improve your athletic endurance as well as your fat-burning potential.

2. Keep the muscle. Anyone who has been on a diet knows that it’s hard to not lose muscle mass along with fat. And even worse, steady state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss through the production of cortisol. A study published in the Journal of Obesity showed that both weight training and HIIT workouts allow dieters to preserve their hard-earned muscles, while ensuring most of the weight loss comes from fat stores. Keep the muscle, burn the fat. Perfect!

3. Get lean, stay youthful. Not only does HIIT beat conventional cardio as the most effective and efficient form of exercise, it also provides health benefits you simply cannot get from regular aerobics, such as a tremendous boost in human growth hormone (HGH). This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn, but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out. It’s almost like a metabolic fountain of youth. Forget the Botox, it’s time for your HIIT workout.

4. Metabolism booster. Several of the genes affected by an acute bout of exercise happen to be the very same genes involved in fat metabolism. Another study in the Journal of Cell Metabolism showed that when you exercise, your body almost immediately experiences genetic activation that increases the production of fat-busting (lipolytic) enzymes. Everyone wants to be a more efficient calorie burner, even at rest, so after you’ve completed a HIIT workout, you’ve not only burned a ton of calories, but also sped up your metabolism! Win-win!

5. No time, no problem. Your life is really packed. It is always a challenge to find time to squeeze in a workout. Well,”no time to exercise” is no longer an excuse, now that HIIT can be tailored for the average adult. These quick, efficient sessions leave you with more time to enjoy life while feeling more fit! You can use FitStar anywhere, just download the app, and boom, you can try some amazing HIIT moves. It’s right there in your pocket!

The HIIT approach to cardio exercise is definitely physically demanding, but it can be modified to different levels of fitness. That said, if you have any cardiovascular problems or other health concerns that limit your ability to exercise at very intense levels, or if you are relatively new to aerobic exercise or not already in good shape, HIIT may not be for you—at least for now. If you have any doubts or concerns about whether it might be safe for you, check in with your medical professional before trying HIIT.

HIIT’s just one of many ways you can get fit and healthy. If you are unsure of what training to do, contact us and we can get a personal trainer to write you a customised program.

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