How HIIT Workout Helps In Weight Loss

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HIIT workout (High Intensity Interval Training) is a training methodology which alternates between intense anaerobic and slower recovery exercises for a less time consuming, highly efficient HIIT workout. HIIT  workouts can include exercises such as running, squatting or jumps but not limited to these. HIIT is much more effective than normal cardio and other forms of exercise because the maximum intensity is much higher. One is also able to increase aerobic endurance while burning higher amounts of fat at the same time. The exercises that can be performed in HIIT workout vary. There is no fixed set of exercises that can be performed in HIIT.

The repetitions and length of each repetition varies with each exercise performed. A HIIT workout routine can be just three repetitions with only 20 seconds of highly intense exercise.  Depending on the person, the lower intensity exercise can be as slow as walking. The HIIT routine generally lasts from anywhere between 4 – 30 minutes. HIIT workout is highly recommended for those who are short on time. To keep an accurate measurement of time in exercises, number of rounds and intensity, a stopwatch should be used. As per research, HIIT burns adipose tissue upto 50% more efficiently than comparative low-intensity exercises. HIIT also speeds up general metabolism rate of the body, allowing it to burn more calories per day. A small highly intensive HIIT session of 150 seconds helps to burn an extra 200 calories over next 24 hours because of a boosted resting metabolic rate.

HIIT workout should be done only when one is in good health and exercises on a regular basis. Novice, or irregular exercisers, should not undertake HIIT sessions unless they achieve base level of fitness. HIIT workout is used for goals such as losing fat, cutting or bulking, and to improve endurance. Diet plays an important role in determining goals achievement. Assuming more is better does not hold true for HIIT routine, doing 3 HIIT workout a week is enough.

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