Why HIIT workouts are so effective!

What is HIIT?

HIIT is an acronym for High Intensity Interval Training. Quite a mouthful, but none-the-less, a very effective way of getting maximum results in a shorter amount of workout time.

Performed using high or low impact exercises, HIIT is becoming a popular ‘go-to’ for those looking for cardiovascular training that fits in with our busy schedules.

Working at your own maximum level of effort for a short blast [read…20 or 30 seconds], followed by a short rest [read…10 to 40 seconds], your body learns how to efficiently use and replace its energy stores.

Sound good? Read on to see the main benefits of HIIT.

Burn calories & fat in half the time…

Research has shown that you can burn 25-30% more calories in 30 minutes of HIIT, than other forms of cardiovascular exercise such as running, biking, swimming for the same duration of time.

HIIT exercises tend to use our major muscle groups, such as the legs and trunk muscles, which increase the demand of oxygen required to fuel the body during the work and rest periods. Increasing our consumption of oxygen, leads to the higher calorific burn.

Expect to sweat!

…and continue to burn calories after the workout!

The added bonus of HIIT, is that the body continues to burn calories and fat after the workout has finished.

Increasing your metabolic rate during these short bursts of intense training, will create an ‘oxygen debt’ within the body. The body will then continue to draw more oxygen for hours after the session.

Push yourself to the max…

HIIT works on the principle of short bursts of high intensity work.

Mentally, we are better able to cope with pushing ourselves hard, when we know that it is only for a short period of time.

And remember that it doesn’t need to be high impact to reap the benefits of HIIT workouts, mountain climbers being the perfect example – tough and effective without any impact to our precious joints.

…and rest for a third of the workout time!

Yes, thats right…rest! At Artemis we work on a 20:10 work/rest ratio, meaning that after every 20 second burst, you will recover for 10 seconds.

Why…well this is where the body does its magic renewing and replacing your oxygen and glycogen levels, preparing you to push to the max again.

Build strength…

Its not just our heart that becomes stronger as a result of HIIT. Using our own body to create a weight bearing load, you’ll soon increase the strength and endurance of your major muscles.

Think about a press-up for example, when performed correctly, you are lifting and lowering your whole body – that’s why its so hard folks!

…and look amazing!

Working upper, lower and core body, HIIT is a fantastic way to get in shape and build muscle definition without building bulk.

So what are you waiting for? Join Artemis Wellbeing today for a holistic approach to mind and body health.

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*At Artemis Wellbeing, we promote the balance of strength & flexibility and therefore our HIIT sessions are 30 minutes with additional time for a gradual warm-up and cool-down plus plenty of post-workout stretching to leave you feeling great.