This week in our workout series, we’re talking all about HIIT training!
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and it truly lives up to its name. This workout will scorch fat from your body while toning your muscles at the same time! Here are some essentials we think you need to know before you try it out.
HIIT workouts are short and fast. If you only have 15 spare minutes in your day, a HIIT workout could be for you! The point of these workouts is to get your heart rate up fast for short bursts of time, followed by a short recovery period. In multiple studies, this style of training was proven to be effective for fat loss—even when performed for just 10 minutes a day!
You can easily do HIIT workouts at home. While you can incorporate light weights into your HIIT sessions, you can just as easily and effectively do these workouts with no equipment. Try doing push-ups, jumping jacks, high knees, or anything that will spike your heart rate at home!
HIIT workouts are very customizable. There are no specific movements that are required in order to do a HIIT workout. Just pick a few high-intensity exercises you love (sprints, push-ups, jump squats, cycling, etc.) and do them for short periods of time over and over.
HIIT is not recommended for beginners. If you’re new to working out or are coming back from an injury, HIIT is probably going to do more harm than good for you. Start out with lower intensity workouts like jogging or swimming, and once you feel confident in those you’ll be ready to give HIIT a try!