How HIIT Will Change Your Workout

Losing weight is a goal shared by many people.  There are many ways to go about losing weight, and as long as you adhere to the guidelines of each and stick with them for the long term then most of them can be effective.  The reason many people don’t see the results they want is that they don’t stick with their program.  When an exercise program starts to feel like work, or it gets boring, or it just feels like it takes up too much of your time is when people give up.  The key to success is finding a program that can vary, is actually kind of fun, and doesn’t take up too much of your time.

The best example of this kind of exercise program is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).  The name sums up the basics of what the program entails.  You perform short intervals of an exercise at a high intensity.

The simplest example of a HIIT exercise is sprints.  Find a track and run sprints.  Sprint as fast as you can for 20 seconds.  Jog or walk for 40 seconds.  Sprint again for 20 seconds.  The main thing you need to concentrate on is going 100% on the high intensity intervals.  This is basically a way to max out your cardio to failure through a series of sets.  Try to do 20 sets of intervals.  If you can do that your cardio would be done if 20 minutes!  There is no reason you need to spend an hour on the treadmill.

Why does this method work?  The first part of doing the intervals gets your heart rate up.  Your heart rate will remain up throughout the entire exercise.  The hidden factor is that this exercise also has is that it will keep your metabolic rate up even after you are done working out.  The fact is that you will keep burning calories even after you are done with your workout.

Next time you do your cardio workout give HIIT a try.  It will save you time and probably show you even better results!  It’s hard to go wrong with HIIT.

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