For some people, there's nothing more tedious and off-putting than the thought of cardio. Hours spent covering miles and miles, being careful to not go too fast and burn out early. No wonder so many people don't exercise. However, it is still important to take care of your cardiovascular health. A healthy heart becomes increasingly important as you age. If traditional forms of cardio don't appeal to you, luckily, there's a less time-consuming alternative in high intensity interval training.
Want to improve your cardiovascular health and overall fitness in a fraction of the time? HIIT involves working close to capacity mixed with rest intervals, so you can get the benefits of traditional cardio in less time. We offer HIIT in the form of classes or helping you work it into your personal training plan. High intensity interval training is on offer from our site at the North Lakes Hotel and Spa in Penrith, Cumbria. Get in touch today to find out how HIIT can increase your fitness.
High intensity interval training (HIIT), also referred to as high intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), is an exercise strategy comprised of alternating short bursts of high intensity effort and low intensity rest periods. There is no one way of doing HIIT and it can be applied to numerous different types of exercise.
An example of an HIIT workout on a treadmill would be 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 30 seconds jogging repeated for 10 minutes.
In the last few decades, there have been numerous studies into the effectiveness of HIIT. Claims that it can achieve comparable results to other, more time-consuming forms of cardio in less time may make you sceptical, but the positive effects are well-researched.
More efficient - because of the intensity of the exercise being performed, you don't need to do it for a long time for it to be effective. If you could achieve in 30 minutes with HIIT what you could with an hour long run, why would you bother with the latter? If you struggle to fit exercise into your busy schedule, HIIT could be just what you need.
Burns more calories - compared to the same time spent doing other activities like weight training, running and biking - working at maximum capacity for the high intensity periods of the exercise results in higher oxygen intake, which goes towards more calories being used by your body. The changes your body has to make between the longer rest periods and the bursts of full intensity also provide great cardiovascular conditioning keeping your heart in shape as well as your body.
Burns more fat - raises resting metabolic rate for 24 hours after completing sessions, meaning you continue to burn more calories even after you've finished. More drawn-out forms of cardio such as long distance running can induce muscle catabolism which is when your body breaks down muscle. Conversely, HIIT helps preserve muscle and burns fat instead helping improve your overall body composition.
Versatile - high intensity interval training principles can be applied to various different exercises, so there's something for everyone. Don't like running? No problem, you can do it with cycling, bodyweight exercises such as squats, burpees and pushups, and even boxing training.
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A wide range of knowledge spanning strength and conditioning, pilates, boxing training and more, so however you want to try HIIT, we'll help you sort something out.
Our approach to training is holistic, your mind and body contribute to each other's well being so we make sure to take both into account with any training we provide. With our help you'll feel stronger physically as well as mentally, so you can achieve your goals without getting overwhelmed.
Training we offer is completely tailored to you. We'll give you a personal training needs analysis where we'll look at your goals, your current fitness and lifestyle, so we can produce a plan that's effective and manageable.
Want to get in better shape in less time than you thought possible? If you're prepared to put a bit of extra effort in, HIIT could make you happier and healthier in no time. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you implement high intensity interval training to up your fitness.