So, what is it and why do you need to incorporate it into your normal training routine?
High-intensity training interval (HIIT) is the umbrella-term for any workout that alternates between intense bursts and periods of less-intense activity including complete rest.
The most common example as a good starter workout is running as fast as you can for a minute and then walking for two minutes. Then repeat this for 15 minutes and Voila! A blazing fast fat burning workout.
It’s a serious challenge
This is not a workout you can do while reading a magazine or chatting with someone. Because it’s so short and so intensive, you’ll be working hard the entire time. The benefits of this format is that it offers new exercisers a quick way to start seeing results and seasoned exercisers a new challenge.
HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule. According to a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2011, just two weeks of high-intensity training improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training. Their research showed that you could achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of training rather than jogging on a treadmill for an hour. Not only does it take less time, it also jump-starts your metabolism.
You can do it anywhere
You can do it in a boat, your hotel room, on the plane (if it was allowed). Since the only goal is to give it your maximum effort for a short period of time followed by some time to recover, you could adapt it to whatever space or time constraints you have!
No equipment necessary
Equipment like bikes, jump ropes or a rowing machine works wonders for HIIT, but in reality you don’t need any equipment to get a proper HIIT workout. High Knees, Jumping lunges, fast feet work just as well. But be careful with incorporating equipment like dumbbells can make it less effective since you want to focus on pushing your heart to its max, not your muscles.
You might be in pain, you might be out of breath, but your body will definitely thank you in the end!