HIIT (aka High-Intensity Interval Training) is a method of working out using short, high-intensity bursts of an exercise, alternated with a rest period or active recovery. The rest interval is the most important part of interval training, so if you’re not resting in between intervals you’re not doing HIIT! Your body requires these rest periods so that you can maintain the high intensity throughout your entire workout. You want to use a 2:1 ratio for rest to work, keeping in mind that higher intensity of the exercise, the shorter your working period will be.
Benefits of Adding HIIT to Your Workout:
– Adding 1 or 2 sessions per week can aid in weight loss
– Workout can be done in 20 minutes with no equipment
– Increases endurance
– Increases heart function
– Decrease in severity of type II diabetes