HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training, which includes any exercise that alternates between intense bursts and lower intensity periods (or even complete rest). According to a recent New York Times article, recent studies “strongly suggest that a more demanding but more efficient and often more enjoyable form of exercise known as high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is not only safe for most patients but more effective at preventing or reversing the deficits associated with many chronic ailments.” Here are just a few of the reason you might want to give HIIT a try.
- It uses your time wisely. HIIT is known for being efficient because it doesn’t take long to break a sweat and get real results. In addition to not taking much time out of a busy schedule, the intensity of the movements means that you are getting a lot out of your workout in a short time. Our Y-25 classes are just 25 minutes long!
- It’s great for heart health. According to the New York Times, “Researchers have found that repeatedly pushing the body close to its exercise limits for very brief periods, interspersed with periods of rest, is more effective than continuous moderate activity at improving cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and mechanical functions.”
- If it’s quick and effective, you may be more likely to stick with it. Many people find that consistency is one of the hardest parts of establishing a workout routine. HIIT has two major benefits that might help you stick with it in the long run – it doesn’t take much time and it produces results more quickly than other types of exercise.
- Build muscle while you burn calories. HIIT incorporates classic exercises like lunges, pushups, and mountain climbers that are great for helping you build muscle. And you don’t necessarily need weights to take advantage of the benefits of HIIT. You can use the interval training tactic with running, cycling, swimming, and even walking.
- People love it! One thing that people don’t understand about HIIT until they try it is that people just tend to enjoy it. Maybe it’s the rush of endorphins, but you’re more likely to stick to a workout if you find something you love making it one worth trying.
Read more about the benefits of HIIT here or stop by the Y to try it out for yourself. Any time you are starting a new workout program (especially a high intensity one) you should consult your doctor.