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Top Benefits of HIIT Training

I'd like to welcome Amy Goldsmith to PLGA, I'm loving having Amy collaborating on my blog. Amy is from Melbourne, and is an experience personal trainer, has a degree in nutrition, as well as being a biology graduate. We choose a topic that I feel is very in trend at the moment and that is HIIT training. HIIT training has become really popular over the last 18 months, especially as people can gain great results in much shorter workouts than they are normally used to. 

So here's over to Amy to tell you guys what she believes are the top benefits of HIIT training...

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HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is actually a type of workout in which you give one hundred percent effort through intense and quick bursts of exercise that are followed by short recovery periods. Such training is indeed highly beneficial, starting from getting you into shape, keeping your heart rate up and burning fat and calories in short sessions. Stay with us and find out which are the top benefits of HIIT workout.

1. Time Efficient

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If you think that you don’t have time for such a workout – think again! HIIT workouts are highly beneficial at so many levels, particularly because they can be done basically everywhere – in a park, at your home, at a gym etc. What is especially groundbreaking about this training is the fact that most sessions last for 30 minutes or even less. That is really insignificant amount of time when you think of it per se, however, it is beyond useful when it comes to getting your body into shape. This training is ideal for people with busy schedule. Just try it and you will not regret it.

2. No Special Equipment Necessary

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HIIT workouts do not require fancy gym outfits or expensive equipment. All you need is a pair of appropriate gym shoes that will optimize your workout. For example, I use and recommend Ryder Wear sportswear which provides stability and helps you perform optimally. As for equipment, your own body weight will provide all the resistance you need. All of those burpees, lunges, squat thrusts and push-ups will definitely get your blood flowing. Some trainers say that you should use the body you have to create the body you want, and this is completely true when it comes to HIIT workouts. There are so many simple moves you can do in up to 30 seconds, which will provide the dynamic training for the ultimate performance and results.

3. Exercise for a Healthier Heart

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Many people are afraid of taking part in high-intensity interval training simply because it can get too intense. Such a workout can make them feel like their heart is pounding so hard that it will actually jump out of their chest. However, the truth is that this training indeed produces extreme results. It will boost your overall cardiovascular fitness, just be careful with the intensity. It is very important to gradually build up your training program, so that you don’t overdo it at the very beginning.

4. Burn More Calories

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Many people have hard time understanding that a shorter high-intensity interval workout is actually more beneficial than longer, yet slower cardio sessions in terms of burned calories. This is exactly the case with HIIT training. After your workout, a process known as EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) that is referred to as the afterburn effect begins in your body. It is a process of increased oxygen intake in order to correct the body’s ‘oxygen debt’ that was brought by exercising. Basically, your body increases oxygen consumption to restore itself to a resting state. After the HIIT workouts the EPOC effect can still be found up to 38 hours after exercising, which means that your body is burning fat and calories to fuel the restorative processes for 38 hours after the workout!

5. Increase Your Metabolism

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Besides burning fat and preserving muscle, HIIT workouts stimulate production of human growth hormone (HGH) that is responsible for increased caloric burn. During HIIT, you will consume more oxygen than in slower, distance exercise, which will increase post-exercise metabolism. Besides that, it also slows down the aging process, which will certainly make you feel rejuvenated, both inside and out.
As you can see, HIIT workouts indeed have multiple benefits that will provide you with fantastic results, both when it comes to your physical and mental well-being. One of its major advantages is that it is ideal for doing at home, plus the fact that it will take you no more than 30 minutes per session. Give it a try, you definitely won’t regret it!

About the author

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Amy Mia Goldsmith is a biology graduate from Melbourne and a fitness enthusiast. You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.
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