HIIT WORKOUT 101

If you have questions about HIIT workouts, you have come to the right place!

Let’s start with the basics. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training, which refers to short bursts of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods.

What is the key to making HIIT work?

The intensity. HIIT consists of phases of high-intensity work followed by phases of moderate- or low-intensity recovery. If you want to make HIIT work, you have to go all out and put 100% in! We highly suggest that, before you start HIIT workouts, you do some light dynamic stretching—such as twists at your waist and side lunges—to warm up the lower and upper body.

What are the benefits of HIIT Workouts?

  1. No equipment is necessary – HIIT is easy to do at home! HIIT workouts use only your body weight, since the focus is getting your heart rate up and keeping it there. The single most well-established benefit of interval training is heart health. Intervals can boost cardio-respiratory health with a smaller time investment compared to continuous forms of exercise.
  1. Quick and convenient – Busy lifestyle? No worries! HIIT is meant to be quick!
  1. Increases your metabolism – HIIT helps you burn calories even after you finish exercising! Several studies have demonstrated HIIT’s impressive ability to increase your metabolic rate for hours after exercise.

Want some great HIIT workouts?

As when beginning all new workout routines, you should start small and work up to increase intensity. The jumping lunge is a great beginner workout. For this, start in a lunge position with one leg forward and one back. Then jump off the ground and switch the positioning of your legs, so that the one that was in front is now in back. Continue to do this for 20 full seconds. Then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for 5 reps.

Want something more challenging? Try the 15-minute stair challenge. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Start with sprinting up and down the stairs (taking single steps). Do this for 30 seconds. Then find a flat area and do 10 push-ups. Once you finish your push-ups, go right into a 15-second wall squat. Jog down the stairs and then rest for 30 seconds. Once your rest is complete, pick it right back up. Repeat these exercises until your timer goes off.

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