Do you sometimes struggle to find time for a good workout during the day? Here’s when high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great exercise option.
HIIT involves short, intense bursts of exercise followed by either active recovery or complete rest in between. It’s a classic example of quality over quantity.
Cardio workouts and strength routines both qualify, as they both get your heart pumping. The heart works harder when the intensity of a workout increases—which ultimately leads to a boost in cardiovascular strength. Another perk? HIIT routines can be performed anywhere. If you typically walk or jog on a treadmill for exercise, incorporate 20-40 seconds of a faster speed, then take your speed down to your normal pace. You can increase your speed over time, and decrease the time spent in periods of rest.
No treadmill? No problem. Other examples of HIIT exercises are jumping jacks, burpees, pushups, squat jumps – to name a few. It is important to note that your body will take longer to recover from super high-intensity workouts. Consequently, this kind of training should not be done on an everyday basis. Activities that increase blood flow and circulation will help aid recovery, such as yoga, stretching, foam rolling, or light cardio. Remember: always listen to your body!