Why HIIT Exercises Are Effective

HIIT is an abbreviation for High-Intensity Interval Training which is way too long for me to write out a thousand times, so let’s stick with the short form. Basically, it is becoming highly recognized for being the quickest and most effective way to burn fat and achieve weight loss goals for a variety of reasons. I am here to let you know how this is possible, but first, you need to know what HIIT exercises consist of.

What are HIIT Workouts?

HIIT workouts are a form of cardio, but instead of running at your fastest and hardest potential for 40 minutes, you’re pushing your maximum at much smaller time frames. Now, don’t get too exciting because although the workout is less time consuming, it is still more intense than anything you have probably done before.

Sessions vary from 4 to 30 minutes, where you push yourself way past your maximum for a couple of minutes, then resting for a few, and going right back at it, even harder and harder. So, although you get a couple minutes of rest time, these short and incredibly intense workouts will kick your butt into shape; and that is probably even an understatement.

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. – New York Times

How HIIT Burns More Fat

It is all about the amount of calories burned. Many studies have shown that shorter, intense cardio sessions result in greater fat loss over time, as opposed to lower intensity but longer sessions. For example; you can walk and burn 100 calories or run and burn 500.

However,  since HIIT exercises are all about intervals (hence the name), it allows your body to reach all four levels of fat burning, where regular exercises only reach level 1 (warmup), level 2 and level 1 again. By going harder, shorter with rest periods, your body is forced into level 4 of fat burning elements which happens to also be the level that burns the most fat.

Additional Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training

That’s not it though! I know, I sound like a sales pitch but these workouts are truly fascinating with even better results. HIIT exercises also allow you to achieve fascinating weight loss by increasing your metabolism for up to 24 hours after you finish your exercise. It also improves your insulin sensitivity in your music and creates higher levels of fat oxidation. You naturally receive appetite suppression. 

There’s also tons of variety available within these kinds of workouts, so you don’t feel like you’re doing anything repetitive and boring which, of course, results in motivation for yourself to keep up with your workout regime.

High Intensity Interval Training

Do you want to know the most shocking thing?

Research also shows that longer periods of exercise actually impairs strength as your muscles aren’t able to repair properly. So, with shorter, quicker and harder workouts, and the minimal periods of rest in between, you give yourself time to not only catch a breath, but you’re setting your body up for the best optimal results and your muscles plenty of time to repair.