Why HIIT for beginners?
If you’re like us, you’ve noticed that HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts have been creating quite a buzz lately. We think it’s for a good reason.
The name may sound advanced, but HIIT can be mastered at almost any level of fitness if you choose the right workout. As a beginner, HIIT will allow you to keep your workouts short and efficient so that you can get in and out of the gym and move on with your day.
Why we love HIIT
Let’s get straight to the point. HIIT workouts are a healthy way to burn a TON of calories in a short amount of time. Why? Because you’re strength training AND you’re doing cardio in conjunction. Not to mention, this fitness style is designed to push you at short, manageable intervals so that you don’t burn yourself out while you’re torching calories.
HIIT is usually used for fat burning and dropping weight quickly. It can also be used as an alternate form of cardio if you’re bored with your usual treadmill or elliptical workout.
You’ll burn more calories in less time doing HIIT and that elevated calorie burning rate will stay with you long after your workout. How’s this for efficiency? You’ll continue to burn calories long after your workout is over!
What exactly is HIIT?
HIIT is a form of circuit training which means you’ll be using body weight or resistance training in high anaerobic capacities to build muscle, burn fat, and raise your heart rate. That’s right… All of that in one workout!
HIIT training combines short intense bursts of explosive exercise with lower intensity rest periods. Because you’re working yourself at maximum capacity for short intervals, these workouts can be short and sweet and still allow you to burn loads of calories.
HIIT for Beginners
HIIT training is usually not attempted by your average gym goer because 1.) It sounds scary and 2.) When you see someone doing a HIIT workout they are usually gasping for air afterwards. Don’t let that deter you! HIIT workouts should be tough and leave you sweating, but they don’t have to be too advanced.
One of the hardest things about starting a new workout program is getting yourself into the right mental state. It’s much easier to get yourself motivated for a 20 minute workout that you know will be efficient than to get yourself motivated for an hour long steady workout.
Related: An introduction to strength training
Try out this beginner HIIT workout
Why this works: You’re mixing resistance from your own body weight with cardio from the high knees and jumping jacks. It’s the perfect mix of cardio and resistance.
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