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HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training

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Dive Off by Sebastion Mary

Do you want to reach your full physical potential? In a fraction of the time? There’s a program called program called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which will take half the time of your normal run, jog, or walk, and improve your health, fitness, and cardiovascular levels. With this program, you will be able to run farther, maintain your breathing and at a steadier heart rate.

What is HIIT?
HIIT trains your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems, and by doing this, you are making your body push itself to new limits, while protecting your health. How it works is that you start a regular run, but then you have to burst and sprint to your maximum speed without hurting yourself. Then you return to a light jog walk, make it a 1:2 interval training. For example, sprint for 1 minute and walk/rest for 2 minutes and repeat for as many times as you feel comfortable with.

Burn More Calories
Since HIIT is designed to be a very fast pace type of workout, your body burns more calories during the sprints, but unlike with a steady pace, your body will rebuild to handle the increased sprint loads and will keep burning calories after your workout.

Get Stronger
Any exercise is healthy, but HIIT has one leg up on other cardiovascular exercises. HIIT limits muscle loss, which usually happens with the limited fat loss of steady aerobic exercises. Because of the high intensity portion, your body will rebuild itself to handle additional load. HIIT adds muscle and strength. The all-out sprints give enough stress to trigger building up, but are short enough not to cause you to go into muscle loss.

More Results In Less Time
With steady aerobic exercise, your body quickly adapts. A person who had trouble running twice around the field can usually build up to the distance within a few weeks. Afterward, the person needs to keep increasing distance to keep up the challenge. With HIIT, your body will adapt, but because the sprints are at maximum effort and are anaerobic, you will not need to significantly increase workout time.