HIIT is an acronym for “high intensity interval training.” Exercising at a high intensity for short periods with a recovery, a period of lower intensity, in between. For example using cardiovascular exercise, sprinting hard one lap around a track (400m) followed by jogging half a lap (200m). Most HIIT workout programs feature intense strength exercises combined with cardio. Benefits include increased metabolism, increased strength, improved cardiovascular endurance.
Numerous studies indicate that HIIT reduces and can even reverse certain signs of aging. Weaker bones, shallow breathing, and lethargy are just a few of the symptoms that HIIT can improve. (We urge you to discuss these symptoms with your doctor prior to starting your exercise program.) HIIT has been shown to improve bone density, improve VO2max (an indicator of your body’s oxygen efficiency), and increase energy. Many modes of exercises can accomplish these outcomes, but HIIT training can help reach these goals faster.
The most common complaint from those who don’t exercise is “time.” Despite everyone having the same 24 hours in a day, everyone prioritizes and allocates those hours differently. With HIIT, you can accomplish more in a shorter time. Including high intensity intervals in any workout makes the workout tougher, and a tougher workout can be a shorter workout. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity general activity (so get out of your chair!) or 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Because HIIT workouts move up the scale from aerobic toward anaerobic threshold, you can shave off some minutes with your increased effort.
At CustomFit in Savannah, we offer individual and group exercise programs for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) specifically tuned to match your personal goals. We also have online Zoom classes, as well as a library of pre-recorded sessions on Facebook Live. Take a tour of our website to see what we have to offer and get ready to become CustomFit!
We always recommend a baseline level of good fitness prior to including HIIT workouts in your exercise routine. To keep recovery time and variety in your workouts, we suggest only one or two HIIT workouts per week.
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