Interval Training 

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Interval training  or HIIT which is short for High-intensity interval training, which is a great way to combine low intense aerobics with high intense workout.

While doing high intensity workout it really builds endurance and strengthens your muscles.

With HIIT, you get the best of both world of burning calories and fat in a short period of time.

This is due to the formation of high intense spurts of aerobic exercise.

With the sudden spurts really get oxygen flowing and the blood pumping in the body.

Now if you want to change up your weekly exercise routine or aerobic workout, then you should keep on reading to see if this is right for you.

By doing HIIT you will burn maximum amount of calories and fat while doing a great workout to get  fit and healthy.

How Does Interval Training Work

When doing HIIT you are combining high intensity aerobics follow by a periods of rest or low activity exercise. so in fact HIIT, combines the benefits of aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

The high intense phase of the interval workout you will need to increase your speed and / or increase your challenge such as walking up an incline.

While doing the spurt phase of the high intense workout, you are in an anaerobic exercise state and while doing this your body uses up the energy that is stores in the muscle.

Anaerobic metabolism works without oxygen.

In this phase, there is a buildup of lactic acid and the body enter a oxygen debt.

At this period of rest or low activity, which is called the aerobic phase, the heart and lungs work together to pay back oxygen debt and break down the lactic acid. 

At this point your body uses the oxygen to change your store carbs into energy.

High interval training is a ideal way to not only burn calories but to strengthen your heart. By doing the repetitiveness of this exercise will help your muscle build up a tolerance to the buildup of lactic acid and since your heart is a muscle this in turn will strengthen your heart. 

Best Exercise Equipment for HIIT

A great way to do  your HIIT is the workout on a treadmill. With the treadmill you're able to adjust the speed and the incline in the order to get anaerobic state for a high intense repetitions of your workout.

At my gym the treadmills comes programmed with an interval workout already included. So when I'm there I always use the preprogrammed workout.

Another great exercise equipment is the elliptical training machines it too offer the ability to adjust the resistance, giving you the higher challenge for you workout. 

With the elliptical trainer, you have the options of increasing your speed by just “running” faster and/or increase the resistance. What else is great about this machine is much easier on the knees.

Another machine that you can try is the stairs stepper machine or use you own stairs in your house.

Also you can alternate your aerobic exercise and anaerobic by jogging in place and then jump rope for the high intense phase. 

Did you know that if you do not have any of these equipments. You can go to your local track or neighborhood. While doing the high intense phase, just sprint or run for a set period and then back down to a brisk walk.

Keep in mind that every person is different when it comes to sprint or run based on their fitness level. If you start off you don’t need to worry about getting a full run, but instead try a fast jog. As you start building up your endurance you can kick it up a notch.

The Benefits of High Interval training 

 The key point to remember is to include low to medium impact aerobics with higher spurts if energy. So if you’re higher level isn’t the same as a track runner, you still be building up your endurance over time.

Not only will your endurance will increase with interval training, you will burn more calories, boost your metabolism, keep your blood sugar in check, and ward off boredom of the typical exercise routine.

While doing the added spurts of high intensity exercise, you with achieve a very high level of calorie burn and boost your metabolism. With this type of training you can always switch it up so you will never be bored. 

When you create your high intense interval training program try to aim to challenge yourself, increase your duration or  increase  the intensity of your exercise.

If you are ready to to take your workout to the next level give these examples a try:

Or give this workout video a try by fitness Blender. 

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