You’ve probably heard of High Intensity Interval Training and its much-touted claim of delivering all the benefits of a full-length workout in just 15 minutes. The headlines are correct: HIIT does all that, but what you may not know is that it also does a whole lot more.
Here are three reasons why you need High Intensity Interval Training in your life:
HIIT is more enjoyable
This may seem a hard claim to quantify, but it’s true. Research shows that people who try HIIT prefer it to continuous aerobic exercise. As a result, they’re more likely to stick with it rather than getting bored and giving up after a couple of weeks.
How many of us have exercise bikes and steppers languishing in the garage? Not only does High Intensity Interval Training require no equipment, but you’re much less inclined to give up. The rush of endorphins and adrenaline that follow a lung-busting 15-minute HIIT sesh are all the incentive you need to keep going.
HIIT lowers your risk of disease
High Intensity Interval Training doesn’t just improve your cardiovascular health: it has also been shown to ward off a host of diseases. One study has revealed its effectiveness at lowering glucose levels in people with diabetes. It also reduces the risk of blood clots by improving blood vessels’ ability to expand. And that’s not all: by helping your body use oxygen more efficiently, HIIT has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack.
HIIT burns fat in record time
You’ll already be aware that High Intensity Interval Training burns fat. What you may not know is just how effective it is. HIIT has been proven to rapidly burn visceral fat which can be found around the stomach and is traditionally hard to shift. By cranking up production of fat-busting enzymes, HIIT makes you leaner while supercharging your aerobic power. In addition, HIIT substantially boosts production of human growth hormone, known as “the fitness hormone”.
All that just from quick bursts of exertion? It’s the fitness deal of the century.
So that’s the science behind why HIIT is the best thing since sliced bread. (Actually I think it’s better than that, and not just because I prefer my loaves unsliced). Now it’s time to give it a go and start reaping the rewards for yourself.
Adrian James High Intensity Interval Training will deliver all of the benefits above in just 15 minutes. Download the app and you’ll start feeling the results after your very first session.
Fitness isn’t a destination – it’s a journey. For your body’s sake, take HIIT along with you for the ride. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make.