HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

What is HIIT?

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a popular training method focusing on short bursts of maximum effort aerobic or resistance training, with just a short rest interval between exercises.
Popularised because of it's efficiency, only needing to take 30 minutes maximum out of your day. without the need to leave you house/office, nor do you need any equipment. But can also be done using a bike, sprinting or skipping as alternatives.

Why should i do HIIT?

HIIT offers many benefits including:

  • Reduces body fat - research shows that doing HIIT can be more effective than equal periods of steadier forms of exercise. Meaning you will burn more calories in less time.

  • Time Efficiency - as stated in the previous question 'What is HIIT?', you’ll find that the efficiency of HIIT training is one of the many reasons for its rise in popularity . Now knowing that you can complete an effective a full body workout in 30 minutes or less, you can no longer say "I don’t have the time to go to the gym".  

  • Improving Mental Health - plenty of people suffering with mental illness or just the average joe having a bad day, would say that exercise in general massively contributes to helping alleviate you from your struggles.

        The reason HIIT specifically is seen as being a helpful tool, is due to its time                      efficient nature. With low motivation to workout and the view of a workout being              exhausting and time consuming. Exercising for anywhere between 5 to 30                        minutes, helps convince the mind that it won’t last long and once completed, the          endorphins released will energise and improve your spirit. 

  • Higher metabolism for hours after exercise - Compared to moderate exercise, HIIT seems to help you burn calories at a higher rate after you finish exercising. This is called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption”(EPOC), more commonly known as “afterburn”. Studies have also shown that HIIT increases your metabolism after you exercise more than jogging or weight training, and may shift your body’s metabolism to burning fat for energy.

How do i start?

When starting your HIIT training journey, it's best to cover the basics.

Simply by reducing the active segments, slowing down the tempo/working at a lower rpe level or breaking the workout down, so that it's easier to digest.

On our exercise library you can watch and understand the fundamentals content or look at the description of each workout, which will display the varied difficulty.

If you have any questions regarding how to preform any of the listed movements/exercises please contact us at: info@healthandwellnesshub.co.uk