High intensity interval training or HIIT essentially is a workout regime where you alternate between intense bursts of activities and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. Experts say that when you work out with short bursts of intense activities, it improves your cardio-respiratory endurance and allows for a high caloric expenditure than your normal workout session.
There are various benefits of HIIT and below are some of them:
- You’ll burn more fat
While following a HIIT workout, it send your repair cycle into hyperdrive. So, what it essentially means is that, you burn more fat after 24 hours while doing a high intensity interval workout than your regular workout.
- There’s no equipment necessary
HIIT doesn’t require any particular equipment and can easily be done with activities such as high knees or fast knees as with bicycles and jump ropes.
- You’ll have a healthy heart
Doing an HIIT workout, enables you to push yourself into the anaerobic zone. So, this means you build your stamina and are able to do the same thing faster, but with the same pace.
While there may be benefits, there are a few downsides of high intensity interval training as well. Listed below are some of them:
- Interval Problems
If you don’t time your intervals correctly, it can lead to muscle damage, mechanical tension and metabolic stress.
- Beginner dilemma
Not anyone can do HIIT. If you are slowly incorporating exercise into your schedule, you need to first build up you core strength, balance and muscular and cardiovascular strength.
- Importance of posture
The greater the intensity is of the exercise regime, the greater the importance of proper posture. Physiotherapists are noticing an increase in injury rates as HIIT becomes more popular.