Why High Intensity Workouts are More Effective

If you’ve ever spent hours trudging along on a treadmill and still haven’t lost weight…

If you’ve been running, walking, counting calories or points and your belly fat still won’t budge…

If you’ve hit a weight loss plateau and nothing seems to be working…

HIIT just might be for you!

What is HIIT?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) pairs brief, intense bursts of activity with even shorter rest periods in between. A HIIT workout incorporates a variety of exercises and might include jumping jacks, burpees, high-knees running, or pushups.  

For example, you might start your HIIT workout doing jumping jacks, pushing yourself hard for 30 seconds, then resting for 10. You follow that up with 30 seconds of high-knees running in place, followed again by a 10 second rest. You’ll repeat this pattern with a variety of exercises for five to ten sets. The most effective HIIT workouts typically lasts just 30 minutes or less.  

Why is HIIT More Effective?

The National Institute of Health released the results of a study comparing the number of calories burned during a 30-minute HIIT workout versus weight training, running, and biking. Researchers found that HIIT burned 25-30 percent more calories than the other forms of activity. That’s because HIIT uses your body’s energy reserves, keeping your metabolism ramped up after your workout, and continuing to burn calories for up to 32 hours afterward.

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But wait…there are even more benefits to HIIT! Studies show that HIIT:

  • Burns more fat. Increased metabolism means greater calorie burn over a longer period. One study revealed that people performing HIIT three times a week for just 20 minutes, lost 4.4 pounds in just 12 weeks. And that was without any changes to their diet.  
  • Is more efficient. HIIT enables you to lose more weight in less time than running, biking or weight training. At just 30 minutes a session three times a week, that makes it more efficient than other forms of exercise.
  • Will help you build endurance. Because HIIT improves your muscle’s ability to use oxygen, (including your heart) you build endurance which makes it a beneficial activity if you’re training for something like a marathon.
  • Is good for your overall health. HIIT will enhance your cardiovascular health, improve cholesterol levels, even help fight type 2 diabetes by adjusting your insulin sensitivity.
  • Is good for any fitness level. You don’t have to be an Ironman to perform HIIT. Even if you haven’t exercised in years, you can start HIIT and work to your best ability to achieve the results you desire.

Is HIIT for You?The only way to know if HIIT is for you is to try it. To find out more about HIIT at MPower Fitness, try the MPower 28-Day Challenge. You’ll get fun, fast, high-intensity workouts at flexible day and evening times, plus nutritional information, and professional coaching support at half the regular rate! Find out why High Intensity Workouts might be just right for you!