If you are trying to get your sweat on with some regular cardiovascular activity, while being the captain of team "don't put me down for cardio", you have probably dabbled with HIIT or high-intensity interval training. The perfect way to get that tedious cardio done in as little time as possible, and with the awesome benefit of continuing to burn calories also after the workout. Ok, so should we just do a HIIT sesh every morning and we'll be in the shape of our lives in a week or so? The short answer is - no. Sigh. There really are no shortcuts in fitness, are there? Also, no.
So, we're definitely not mad that we don't have to do this every day, but what is the magic formula to get the most out of your HIIT workout? High intensity obviously also means high-impact on your body, so it is essential to give your body time to recover (and soak up those benefits of course!).
According to Popsugar, the best you can do is to spread the HIIT workouts over the week and give your body at least forty-eight hours to recover in between sessions. This should give your muscles enough time to rebuild and get stronger, all while you're enjoying the after-burn that can last until between twenty-four and forty-eight hours.
So you'll do a fifteen to thirty minute HIIT workout three to five times a week, but what else should you take into consideration? Well, the key to fitness and a healthy bod is to go through the whole body on a weekly basis, so try and mix up your HIIT workouts with yoga, pilates, or a session of lower impact strength training. It is also important to keep in mind that it is vital to change things up when it comes to your workouts. First of all your body will get used to anything you are doing repeatedly and you won't see results or improvements, and secondly, you will get so incredibly bored if you keep doing the same things over and over. Switch up your treadmill HIIT sprint intervals with a circuit, or take one of your gym's Tabata classes for example.
As with anything fitness related, there really are no shortcuts or magic tricks. It is all about consistency and balance; getting a stronger and healthier body all while having fun getting your sweat on. Find what works for you!
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