Many of you may have made New Year’s resolutions that included exercise. Hopefully you are still striving toward your goals. I wanted to explore with you a popular form of exercise that is short in duration but high in intensity. This is called HIIT – High intensity interval training. It is often touted that you can get a full workout in 20 minutes or less. A HIIT workout usually combines intervals of intense (all out or near all out) exercise for 10 to 60 seconds with a recovery period between of 1-4 minutes.
The advantage of this type of exercise is that you can get in a full, challenging workout in a short amount of time. This is huge for people who often claim they have no time to work out. The benefits of HIIT are that it promotes healthy blood glucose levels, increases the amount of oxygen you can consume and use efficiently and increase muscle endurance. You will begin to produce noticeable results within 2-3 weeks.
The disadvantages of HIIT are that it can initially produce quite a bit of muscle soreness. It is a difficult, sometimes unpleasant type of exercise and this can lead to people abandoning it just because they don’t like it. Whenever you are getting into more intense exercise there is also a greater chance of injury.
When considering exercise, I always encourage people to try to find something they enjoy doing or find an exercise they can incorporate into their existing daily routine. If HIIT sounds like something you may want to try you can find out more at https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/high-intensity-interval-training.pdf.