Move over long slow duration exercises and make way for high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Recently, it has been suggested that HIIT is far more effective in burning fat fast, than LISS (long intensity steady state) exercise. I’m often been told ‘I do cardio but the weight is not coming off’. So, with this in mind, here’s my advice to help clear up the cardio myths and help you get the burn you are looking for.
HIIT vs Steady State Cardio
What You Didn’t Know About HIIT
- Compared to moderate intensity endurance exercise, HIIT causes more calories and fat to be burned following the workout.
- HIIT is good for your heart strength. The rapid heart rate rise, then consequent drop-off remodels the ventricular, helping with your heart with a faster cardiac output.
- Mitochondrial function is improved with HIIT exercise, thus the aging process of the body may be slowed down. Mitochondria in cells are responsible for energy production and transform energy into chemicals that cells are able to use.
- HIIT training also helps to increase our maximal oxygen consumption which is vital because oxygen is fuel for our muscles! As we age, our hearts beat slower, pump less blood and lung capacity decreases, so HIIT is great for more oxygen. HIIT helps with speed, strength and stamina – perfect for what we need in our everyday lives.
- Metabolic syndrome, along with a combination of high blood pressure and cholesterol, abdominal obesity, and insulin resistance that increases your odds of a heart attack; may all be lessened with regular HIIT training and a healthy diet.
- HIIT also is proven to help relieve stress and make you feel overall better and fitter than long duration cardio exercise.
Your New HIIT Workout
- 30 seconds of burpees
- 30 seconds of push ups
- 30 seconds of squats
- 30 seconds of mountain climbers