What is HIIT training?
High intensity interval training (HIIT) involves short bursts of intense exercise, followed by a period of rest or low intensity exercise.
Lasting no longer than 20-30 minutes, it’s a quick and effective workout for people struggling with time. The higher intensity intervals last for as little as 20-30 seconds, up to a few minutes with a similar rest period, working your body through the different heart rate zones.
Research out there backs up the effectiveness of HIIT workouts for maximizing your health outcomes:
- Reduces body fat.
- Improves cardiovascular fitness (aerobic and anaerobic).
- Higher calorie burn for a short amount of time.
- Increases metabolism during and after exercise.
- Improves oxygen consumption.
- Reduces heart rate and blood pressure.
- Reduces blood sugar.
With more people based at home or without access to gyms, this is a great option for fitting in some exercise with limited equipment needed.
So keep moving for a healthy body and mind.
Below are some example HIIT workouts for you to try, just add in the reps or duration for your fitness level:
- High knees
- Bodyweight squat
- Alternative lunges
- Hand walks
- Jumping Jacks
- Squat Jumps
- Step ups
- Reverse lunge
- Side plank
- Leg raises
Repeat each round 3-4 times. Enjoy!