The HIIT Training is the best style of cardio that exists on the planet.
I’ll be upfront: it’s full on, but it’s quick and over and done with before you know it, so if you know you want to shred, but you don’t like cardio, then HIIT is for you. My preferred style of HIIT is skipping. I skip 3 days per week, 16 mins per session and that’s it, done!
My skipping HIIT training looks like this: 1 min skipping, 1 min rest x 8 intervals (Easy + Simple)
5 Benefits of HIIT Training:
1. Burn a ton of calories in a short space of time
HIIT allows you to burn about the same amount of calories, but spend less time exercising.
2. Your metabolic rate is higher for hours after you exercise
After you finish your workout, your body begins a process of recovery. The more intensely that you work out, the longer your body takes to recover. During the repair process, your body continues to burn additional calories. Your metabolism stays elevated for as many as 24 hours after you finish exercising.
3. Improve Oxygen Consumption
Oxygen consumption refers to your muscles’ ability to use oxygen, and endurance training is typically used to improve your oxygen consumption. Traditionally, this consists of long sessions of continuous running or cycling at a steady rate. However, it appears that HIIT can produce the same benefits in a shorter amount of time = winning!
4. Burns fat
HIIT workouts cause a spike in two key hormones: epinephrine and norepinheprine, which play an important role in fat loss. These two hormones (sometimes referred to as adrenaline and noradrenaline: the fight or flight hormones) are responsible for driving lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat.
5. Good for those with busy lifestyles (all of us)
Need we say more. The quicker we can get cardio done, the better! And HIIT certainly doesn’t fall short in this department.
Lifting weights is still the master when it comes to exercise benefits, however, HIIT is very complimentary to lifting to gain and maintain a lean physique.