What Is HIIT And Why Is It Important?

When it comes to trying to meet your exercise goals, you need to ensure that you’re making the best possible use of the time available to you in the gym – especially with so many of us leading very busy lives. 

One way that you can achieve this is through HIIT. You may have heard about HIIT but what is it and why is it so important?

What Is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training and it is a series of cardiovascular exercises that help you to hit 80 to 100% of your maximum heart rate to help you to hit your fitness goals and burn fat faster than ever.

Its focus is on short, sharp, bursts of exercises interspersed with recovery periods that get your heart rate up, blood pumping and sweat pouring – and it’s become extremely popular for many gym enthusiasts over the past few years, with many people seeing a real change in their body as a result.

How Long Is HIIT And What Do You Do?

For HIIT sessions, you’ll be doing a variety of cardiovascular activities across a range of lengths that in total can be between 10 and 30 minutes long, depending on your fitness and what your goal is. This can cover sprinting, biking, rope jumps or bodyweight exercises.

One example might be cycling as quickly as possible with high resistance for 30 seconds before riding slowly for one minute, alternating your speed during your session in order to get your heart rate up into the high-intensity zone. 

The Benefits Of HIIT

HIIT has the ability to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time, hence its popularity, especially for busy people. It’s incredibly powerful for fat burning but also great for increasing oxygen levels, reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and providing your body with a low metabolic rate hours after you’ve finished your session.

  • Burn calories faster
  • High fat burning rate
  • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increase oxygen levels
  • Reduce blood sugar level
  • Improve athletic performance 

Starting HIIT

If you’re looking to start a HIIT workout, then it’s best to pick an exercise set that you’re familiar with. Going straight into a sprinting HIIT after a long period without jogging won’t do you any good, nor will it help if you’re struggling with joint pain.  If you’re dealing with the latter or haven’t run much lately, consider going swimming or cycling to ease yourself into a HIIT session.

Also, make sure you rest enough between your high-intensity period, this will help you to exercise for longer periods, but don’t overdo it during your high-intensity period either. If you hit this zone for longer than 30 seconds, it can be hard to keep your energy and work rate up to the required standard.

Lastly, don’t try to do HIIT every day to begin with. Start out by doing just two cycles a week with ample recovery time before shortening the recovery and eventually doing more weekly HIIT sessions. It’s a gradual process but one that you’ll reap the benefits of in time.

HIIT At Gym Plus Today

Whether you’re looking to do your first HIIT session or your thousandth, why not do it at Gym Plus today? We have a range of HIIT inspired fitness classes designed to get your heart pumping and achieve maximum results in a shorter space of time. 

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