According to the American Heart Association, we should be getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderately intense physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week to help reduce or prevent our chance of the number one and five leading causes of death which are heart disease and stroke. Fortunately, for those of us who are constantly on the go and feel that there is always a shortage of time, choosing a high-intensity interval training program, or HIIT, just may be the way to go and below are five pretty awesome reasons why …
1. HIIT renders max results in a short time.
In fact, 15 minutes of sprinting for one minute and jogging or walking for two minutes will give you the same or an even better aerobic capacity when compared to someone choosing to run at a steady pace on a treadmill for an hour.
2. Burn some crazy calories long after the workout is over.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, HIIT helps you burn more calories nearly two hours after the workout has ended because the body works hard to return itself to its pre-exercise levels which means expending even more energy without you having to squeeze out another bead of sweat.
3. Easy to include other exercise modalities to avoid boredom.
Don’t be afraid to infuse some creativity with your HIIT program. Try combining some weight training to gain muscle and increase strength while also increasing your aerobic and anarobic capacity. For example, include some body-weight squats and/or push-ups to your HIIT program for an all around and challenging workout.
4. No equipment required.
This reason is pretty self-explanatory. With a HIIT program, there is really no need for equipment. All you need is yourself, comfortable workout clothes and shoes, and some real motivation.
5. HIIT it up anywhere, anytime.
In addition, to needing no equipment, high-intensity interval training can be done anywhere in a minimal amount of time. Therefore, making it hard for busy people like you and me to come up with excuses for not getting our workouts in.