HIIT Benefits: Part 1

H.I.I.T. stands for high intensity interval training and involves exercises for a set duration at a fast/intense pace followed by a set break. This tempo continues until the workout is complete. This type of program can consist of numerous exercises; some examples would be doing different body weight exercises such as burpees, jumping jacks, pushups, line jumps, etc. for 30 seconds followed by a 10 second break. Or if you’re a biker 20-30 seconds biking as fast as possible followed by a 40 second slow bike. If you have been involved in the exercise community you have probably heard the H.I.I.T is a phenomenal workout, one in which will burn an extreme number of calories in a short period pf time. But besides that, what other benefits are gained from this short, yet, intense workout?

1.Good in a time crunch

H.I.I.T. is quick! These workouts will give you great benefit, but it doesn’t take long to do. These workouts can range from 10-45 minutes depending on intensity and time available. Next time life feels packed full of responsibilities and you don’t have a lot time to spare, H.I.I.T. may be the best option. 

2. Post Workout Burn

Studies show that due to an increase in metabolic activity during a H.I.I.T. workout your body will continue to burn extra calories after the exercise. While you are walking away from the fitness center you can know in the back of your mind that your body is still cutting those calories because of the high intensity nature.

3. Improve Oxygen Consumption

Endurance training produces a great effect on the O2 consumption but what if you can’t run for an hour or long distance just isn’t your favorite. No worries, H.I.I.T. is shown to also increase the ability of your body’s muscles to use O2. When your body can consume oxygen more efficiently the greater the breakdown of glucose will be creating more fuel for your muscles. Also, when there is more access to O2 in our bodies more ATP (our energy source) can be regenerated causing the body to stay more energized while working out as well as after the workout.

4. Potential Decrease in Blood Sugar 

As you continue to participate in H.I.I.T. for an extended time, the blood sugar of that individual tends to decrease. This workout is beneficial to help prevent or aide in decreasing the effects of type II diabetes. Type II diabetes occurs when a person’s body becomes resistant to insulin causing glucose (blood sugar) to spike. Studies have shown exercising, especially H.I.I.T., will improve the insulin resistance causing blood sugar to decrease.

5. Muscle Gains 

Although H.I.I.T. does burn those calories at an amazing speed it also is beneficial for muscle gain. This may not put on the muscle weight that comes with strict strength training but with body weight H.I.I.T. workouts you will be burning the fat and replacing it with muscle. 

Want to give it a try? 

There are classes taught virtually and in person at the Belle Square Fitness Center and at RCW Fitness Center. To sign up, go to https://www.riversidecorporatewellness.com/ for your next class.

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