High Intensity Interval Training [HIIT]: Less Is More For Fat Loss

High Intensity Interval Training [HIIT]: Less is More For Fat Loss

Weight loss, in particular, fat loss is a very common goal among many people. However, in today’s fast-paced society, reaching this goal can seem quite elusive. Today more than ever, there is a high demand for a time-efficient, result-producing workout plan. The conventional way of exercise is performing aerobic exercise 3-5 days a week for at least 30-minutes and lifting weights at least 2-3 days a week for 30-60 minutes.

However, this time commitment may not be feasible for many.

Fortunately, there is a way to exercise in less time and attain results comparable to traditional exercise. It is called high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and is quite appealing due to the wide-range of benefits it produces within such a short time investment.

Although HIIT has been around for quite some time and is not a new method of training, it has recently re-emerged as top trend in the fitness industry. For those who already include HIIT as part of your exercise program, this article will not only serve as a reinforcement, but will also include perhaps a few new tidbits. As with any type of unaccustomed exercise or for those who have never heard of HIIT, it is important to consult with your physician prior to beginning interval training. Thereafter, it would not be inappropriate to seek further assistance from a certified fitness professional

While HIIT is not a new training method, it has re-ignited in the fitness industry. Disregarding the recent fitness industry’s biased inclination towards HIIT, but viewing HIIT in an unbiased manner, it is truly a fantastic method of training when used appropriately. This would include incorporating HIIT in moderation (i.e. 1 or 2 times per week) and there being proper supervision (i.e. medical personnel) and guidance in higher-risk populations. That said, HIIT should not be limited to one application of simply performing a common aerobic exercise with repeated short-duration all-out efforts followed by short rest periods.

The term can be used loosely in reference to metabolically-challenging activities that encompass higher intensity work bouts or efforts such as cross-training and/or cross-fit type workouts. Simply put, getting off the treadmill, bike or elliptical and starting to use one’s own bodyweight in training or just picking up the pace a little bit during a weight training workout can also be classified as forms of HIIT.

For instance, it can be viewed as even going through a circuit of exercises, in which each exercise is viewed as a work interval and the time needed to get to that next exercise would be the rest interval.

Now of course, common sense would be to take as much rest as needed based on each person’s capabilities as well as working at an intensity that is tolerable, but a little higher than normally accustomed to. This is also known as overload, a basic physiological principle that is well-known among fitness professionals and can be applied to any form of physical activity.

In a sense, the variety through the interchangeable intensity as well as the constant mixture of exercises during a workout are some of the benefits that working with a fitness professional can entail. This is what makes HIIT fun and keeps things interesting due to the change that inherently occurs within this form of exercise.

The important thing to remember is that any goal worth achieving not only takes time, but it also requires a meaningful effort.

More often than not, the answer to achieving one’s fitness goals are not easier said than done, but better done than said.