High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)…the BEST workout!

HYHY.1_7High intensity interval training or (HIIT) is a technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercises followed by quick breaks or less intense exercises. This type of training gets and KEEPs the heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. What doesn’t sound good about that right?! šŸ™‚

This type of workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during exercise which creates a shortage and then forces the body to ask for more during recovery. This is referred to as Excess Post- Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). This is why HIIT workouts help burn more fat and calories than regular cardio and other workouts.

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Why I LOVE HIIT workouts:

1. Increase Your Metabolism

EPOC speeds your metabolic rate and equals a metabolism ‘boost’ for up to 48 hours after completion of the HIIT workout!

2. Quick and Convenient

HIIT workouts can be done anywhere and are 30 minutes or LESS!

3. No Equipment Necessary

That’s right, you don’t need weights! You can use weights for HIIT, but it is generally done with your own body weight. The goal is to get and keep the heart rate up and your own body weight can do just that. These workouts result in “optimal muscle building and muscle retention in combination with fat loss and an increased calorie burn!

Are you convinced yet? If so, try out this beginner HIIT workout:

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Do the following exercises at 100% of your effort level and take a 30 sec. break after each one.

50 sit-ups

30 second break

50 sit-ups

30 second break

40 jump squats

30 second break

40 jump squats

30 second break

30 push-ups

30 second break

30 push-ups

30 second break

20 Jumping lunges

30 second break

20 jumping lunges

30 second break

10 triceps dips

30 second break

10 triceps dips

30 second break

30 seconds of burpees

DONE! šŸ™‚

 

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