HIIT is short for High Intensity Interval Training, meaning this can be an extremely vigorous kind of workout. This exercise alternates between short periods of intense movement and shorter rest times. These workouts are usually shorter than others but are still very impactful and bring results. A benefit of HIIT is that you can do it anywhere, since it doesn’t require any equipment. It also burns a lot of fat and will help you tone up or lose weight, depending on what your goal is. This is a great kind of exercise, but you have to start off lightly and slowly make it more difficult. You can start off with only a couple of intervals and as you become more used to it, you can add more intervals to increase the difficulty level. You can make your own routine to follow, or you can find one that somebody else made. There are many videos on the internet that will walk you through different levels of HIIT.
Some examples of HIIT workouts are:
Sprint Intervals- When you do this, you will be sprinting for a set amount of time and will rest for your next interval. An example of this is sprinting for 20 seconds and resting for 15. You will follow this pattern as many times as you can before you get too tired to continue.
15-20 minute HIIT- Following a video for this is the easiest way to keep track of time. The instructor will give you different exercises to do for between 20-40 seconds and will let you rest for the same amount of time. They will have you do multiple sets to work the intervals into the workout.
*An important thing to remember when doing a HIIT workout is to not go for an extended amount of time. You shouldn’t do it for longer than 60 minutes, because of how high the intensity is. When you are first starting out, only do it for up to 30 minutes until you are used to it.