Featured__ Everything You Need To Know About HIIT

July 22, 2015 | By

Doing 40 minutes of cardio every day can be a huge time suck, especially when you have to hit the weights afterwards. Cardio is essential to burning fat and overall fitness, so you definitely shouldn’t skip it. But what if you could cut your cardio session from 40 minutes to 20?

High intensity interval training – or HIIT – can cut your workout in half while burning more fat and calories than traditional cardio. A study showed that just five minutes of sprinting burned 400 calories – the same as jogging for about 40 minutes. What was that about not having the time to work out?

Why We Love It

This is great news for those of us who hate cardio. HIIT cardio routines typically last anywhere from 5-20 minutes, depending on just how high the intensity is. And if you’re not into sprinting, that’s not your only option. You can do HIIT on the elliptical, StairMaster, bike, or even outside with no equipment at all.

Why You'll Love It

If you find yourself bored out of your mind during cardio, you’ll love HIIT. Not only does it cut down on cardio time, it’s also much less boring and provides a lot of opportunity for variation. You can do five minutes on the treadmill, five minutes on the bike and five minutes on the elliptical and be done for the day.

How To Do It

HIIT is done by completing a short burst of a high intensity exercise followed by a rest. So for example, you would sprint as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then rest for 90 seconds, then repeat. The most important part of HIIT is that you give it your all in those 30 seconds.

When To Do It

So how often should you be doing HIIT? Since it’s a lot more strenuous on your body, it shouldn’t be done more than three times per week. If you’re looking to put on muscle, you might even want to limit it to twice per week. You should also give your body at least 48 to recover in between HIIT sessions, or you’ll start to burn out. If you like doing cardio more than three days a week, incorporate steady state cardio a few days a week on your off days.

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