Updated: Dec 1, 2020
We all want to work out and remain fit but one of the most common problems that we face is the lack of time. Often, we are so caught up in our commitments that we find it hard to remain consistent with our workouts. A lack of consistency can lead to you getting demotivated and quitting altogether. If you are stuck in such a situation as well, you could give High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) a shot. Before we go on to explain why HIIT could work for you, let's understand what HIIT is first.
HIIT workouts comprise a chain of exercises with low recovery periods in between. One could also say that they are one of the most time-efficient ways to train. These workouts might be smaller in duration as compared to traditional workout routines but there are studies that show twice the amount of health benefits as compared to moderately intense workouts.
They usually involve a mix of both aerobic as well as resistance training. For instance, they could involve skipping, cycling or a similar aerobic movement combined with bodyweight exercises. Short bursts of such exercises will ensure that you get your heart rate up in a short amount of time. Apart from this, here are a few benefits of HIIT:
Increased Metabolic Rate – Studies have found that HIIT when compared to just weight training or just running, increases metabolism for a much longer period of time. This state is commonly referred to as the ‘afterburn’ or in more technical terms ‘excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC’.
Fat Loss – A higher metabolism means that you will continue to burn fat even after your workout session is over. HIIT has proven to produce results that can be compared to a traditional workout in a much smaller time commitment.
Improves O2 consumption – Oxygen consumption translates to the muscles’ capacity to consume oxygen. Traditionally this is done through long sessions of endurance training. However, newer research now shows that the same results can be obtained through HIIT in a shorter amount of time.
HIIT is not just a tool that helps in achieving specific fitness goals like fat loss or muscle gain. It is a time-efficient tool that helps greatly with overall fitness as well. HIIT has been effective in reducing blood sugar levels. It is also more effective in improving insulin resistance as compared to traditional workout routines. A significant body of study material also indicates that HIIT is effective in reducing heart rate and blood pressure levels, primarily in overweight individuals who have high blood pressure. Who said you have to put in hours and hours of training every single day in order to remain fit? All it takes is a good warm-up routine, an effective high-intensity time-efficient workout, and some stretching. At VyomFit, we ensure that we incorporate all of these elements along with numerous HIIT elements regularly so that we are able to make the most out of the time have decided to dedicate towards being healthy.