4 Reasons To Choose HIIT Training For Weight Loss
If you ask the person next to you on the treadmill whether their exercise routine has changed in recent months, their answer will probably be ‘no’. In fact, many people are often left wondering day after day why they aren’t seeing the results they deserve.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) principles, involving short bursts of maximum, unsustainable effort, followed by partial or total rest periods make all the difference. For example, 30 seconds of squat jumps followed by 15 seconds of rest, for 5 repetitions. If your goal is to lose weight, HIIT workouts are proven to achieve faster results than continuous, moderate intensity exercise, even when the total duration of the HIIT workout is less!
Here are 4 reasons why Arena Fitness HIIT classes may help you achieve your weight loss goals:
1. YOU WILL BURN MORE CALORIES WITH HIIT
HIIT requires efficient energy production pathways, in order to facilitate the ‘0 to 100%’ nature of intervals. Studies have shown that after only 2 weeks of HIIT training, exercisers are able to improve their fat-burning efficiency, which assists with energy production and exercise performance in the short term, and weight loss in the long term.
2. HIIT IMPROVES YOUR METABOLIC RATE MORE THAN STEADY STATE CARDIO
High intensity exercise requires high intensity recovery! In fact, you will burn through more calories recovering from a short HIIT class than you will after a long, steady jog. This is because HIIT involves anaerobic energy production, which depletes glycogen stores and creates a build-up of lactic acid and hydrogen ions in your muscle tissue. Post workout, your body churns through oxygen and calories in order to convert lactic acid back into glycogen, for future use. Furthermore, high intensity exercise elevates your body temperature and heart rate more than steady-state cardio, and may be more stressful on muscles due to explosive bursts of power. The process of repairing muscle tissue fibres and regulating heart rate and blood pressure also burns calories.
3. HIIT IMPROVES YOUR EXERCISE TOLERANCE OVER TIME, SO THAT YOU CAN PUSH HARDER, FOR LONGER
HIIT encourages your body to produce energy more efficiently, improving your fitness and stamina. In fact, elite athletes in sports ranging from martial arts to distance running have been including HIIT within their training regime for decades, to improve performance. The better your exercise tolerance, and the harder and longer you push yourself, the more calories you burn – yeahhh!
4. HIIT CLASSES ARE USUALLY MORE VARIED, KEEPING YOUR BODY ‘GUESSING’
Experts suggest that changing your fitness routine frequently is vital for weight loss. This is because performing the same exercises each day may cause your body to adapt and plateau. HIIT workouts, including Arena Fitness classes, include a wide variety of exercises, ranging from strength to cardio, and using either bodyweight or a range of equipment. So, your body will never get the chance to plateau!
Last but not least, varied routines keep your workouts interesting, so that you continue to enjoy your time at the gym – and keep coming back 😉
POSTED BY: SAMANTHA STUK, DIRECTOR OF THE NUTRITION CODE
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