What is HIIT and Does it Work for Weight Loss?

What is HIIT and Does it Work for Weight Loss?

HITT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is a growing fitness trend in the United States.  HITT is an exercise style that incorporates multiple short periods of high intensity exercise with periods of recovery in-between.  The periods of exercise and recovery each last from 5 seconds to 8 minutes.  Generally, a HIIT workout lasts between 20 and 60 minutes.  HITT can be performed using many different types of exercise.  For example, you can use HITT while cycling, running, walking, elliptical training, etc.  Although HIIT is an intense workout, it can be modified for all fitness levels, making it a workout style that anyone can do.

HIIT can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity and can help you lose fat without losing muscle mass.

Additionally, HIIT workouts continue burning calories for hours after you complete the workout.  Although other exercises can do that, too, HIIT workouts burn more calories following the completion of the workout than other methods.

If you would like to start a HIIT workout, please review the “How do You Develop a HIIT Program?” section from the American College of Sports Medicine’s guide for HIIT.  It’s very simple, but well described.

Before beginning any exercise program, please ask your doctor if it is safe for you to begin the program.

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The American College of Sports Medicine is a reputable resource for exercise-related information.

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