High Intensity Interval Training vs. Traditional Steady State Training
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT):
Is a form of interval training which involves short intervals of maximum intensity cardio interspersed with longer intervals of low to moderate-intensity cardio
Any type of cardio exercise can be used for a HIIT workout including running, swimming, walking, jumping rope or the use of equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical or stair-stepper.
Takes very little time. A typical HIIT workout is 15 to 20 minutes in duration, depending on one’s fitness levels.
Short, intense cardio intervals burn more body fat than sustained activity, such as steady-state cardio. During traditional cardio workouts, calories are burned while performing the workout and for only a short period of time after the workout.
HIIT can boost metabolism for up to 48 hours after a workout.
HIIT workouts help the body retain muscle mass during weight loss as opposed to traditional cardio where muscles can start to break down after 40 minutes into a moderate-intensity cardio workout.
Since glycogen stores are low after a strength training workout when HIIT is performed after strength training, the body has to turn to excess fat stores to provide the body energy to complete the HIIT workout.
As the body becomes stronger and adapts to a specific high-intensity interval training workout, the intervals can be prolonged with a maximum-intensity interval of 1 minute and low to moderate-intensity intervals up to 4 minutes. Because of the intensity level, HIIT workouts are usually performed only 2 to 3 times per week.