You may have heard of the popular innovative cardio training which is called a HIIT workout and it stands for High Intensity Interval Training. There are a lot of people who have become bored with the regular cardio workouts as the hour long treadmill routine gets a bit dull. A HIIT workout is the exact opposite which involves a much shorter routine and switching between moderate and high intensity every few minutes or less. This constant change creates a much more challenging workout and will burn more calories in less time. The best part is these workouts can be done at home with little to no equipment.
Is a HIIT workout better for burring fat?
The benefits of a HIIT workout are different from a regular cardio workout. The calorie burning process basically stops as soon as you get off the treadmill or the bike with a regular cardio workout, but with a HIIT workout you get the main benefits after you finish your workout. This would be the Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption effect or more commonly known as the afterburn effect. The afterburn effect is the process where your body will continue to burn calories at a higher than normal rate for about 16 to 24 hours after your workout.
You should definitely discuss with your physician if there are any concerns, but a HIIT workout is ideal for anyone looking to lose weight or increase performance. The Tabata intervals are perfect for increasing your performance which is 20 seconds of maximum intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest or very low intensity. Repeat this cycle for about 8 times which would translate to a 4 minute workout that will work your entire body
Some case studies have indicated that the best intervals to use for a calorie burning HIIT workout routine would be 30 seconds maximum intensity followed by 4 minute moderate to low intensity. Repeat this cycle for 6 times which would just be under 30 minutes total. The 4 minutes may seem too much, but this allows the body enough recovery time to give the full maximum effort during the 30 second duration. When it comes to a HIIT workout you probably don’t want to go much over 30 minutes total.
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