Are you interested in learning how to burn more calories in less time? High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) may be the answer for you. HIIT consists of intervals of high intensity exercise with very short rest periods or short periods of lower intensity exercise. Cardio exercise, on the other hand is usually steady state exercise with moderate intensity. A study conducted in Australia showed that women who performed HIIT training lost 6 times more body fat that the group that did cardio training. Studies have also shown that the ongoing calorie burn for HIIT training is higher over a 24 hour period.
I prefer HIIT training in my workout routines because it’s quicker and more interesting than spending 30 minutes or more on a treadmill or elliptical. You can do HIIT training without any equipment so it’s good for any budget. You can incorporate HIIT training into what you already enjoy – running, weight training, body weight exercises, and more. An easy way to start is to use a stopwatch or an app like Gymboss. Start with 30-60 seconds of a moderate intensity exercise of your choice. Take a short rest (20-30 seconds) and then repeat. Gradually increase the intervals so you are doing longer periods of intensity with short breaks.