What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. HIIT is a form of cardio exercise that is done in short intense bursts. It essentially involves a period of working really hard e.g. jogging, followed by a period of much lower intensity workout like squatting or even complete rest. This cycle is repeated for a couple of rounds or for duration of time, normally its 10-20 minutes. HIIT is one of the good ways to build muscle strength, muscle endurance, cardiovascular fitness and lose weight.
Benefits of HIIT:
- Effective way to burn fat
- Regulates blood glucose levels
- Efficient form of cardio exercise
- Increases VO2max (the oxygen that your body can absorb per minute)
How do you do it right?
- Warm up: start with low- intensity aerobic exercise like slow jogging.
- Monitor your heart rate, the maximum heart rate (220-your age) = max heart rate, generally we want to work around 50-70% of our max heart rate to achieve cardiovascular fitness.
- Stay hydrate, get enough energy and get recovered.
- Cool down and stretches.
Please consult your doctor or physical trainer to see what kind of exercise fits you most.