Switch Your Workouts To HIIT

exerciseHITT is the latest concept in the world of fitness to take hold, and with good reason. Studies have shown that by switching your low to medium impact cardiovascular workout to a high intensity interval training workout you can get better results, in less time. Isn’t that exactly what we are all looking for? One of the most common excuses heard for those not exercising is lack of time. A HIIT workout turns that excuse on its head giving you the opportunity to get a full workout in as little as 10 minutes. Steady indoor cycling in London on an exercise bike or jogging on the treadmill are both perfect workouts which can be quickly changed to a HIIT routine.

A HIIT routine consists of a period of high intensity activity for a short period of time, this for example would be 20 seconds cycling as hard and fast as you can, working at maximum intensity. This short burst is then followed by 10 seconds of rest, or continued cycling at a reduced rate in order for you to make a recovery before going back to maximum intensity.  Repeat this cycle 8-10 times and add in the all-important warm up and cool down periods and you have a short, yet effective workout.

exercise-1One of the main benefits of HIIT is the after burn effect which makes it so effective in burning calories and blasting fat. This post metabolic boost which takes place for the 24 hour period following the initial workout can burn up to 250 calories on top of what you burned during the workout and your normal daily activity. HIIT really is a case of working smarter, no longer!

If you have reached a weight loss plateau and looking at your options why not switch your long workouts to short HIIT workouts for 4 times a week and see how much of a difference is made. At first you may feel working out for 10 minutes isn’t enough, especially if you were previously spending hours in the gym but trust the system and look forward to the results.

HIIT intervals are also great for those who are looking to build up endurance for a longer event, perhaps marathon or triathlon training in London for example. Running programs have followed a similar protocol and many have found success in improving their fitness in this way.