What are the health benefits of high-intensity interval training?

A high intensity interval training (HIIT) is short but intensive training and is considered to be very effective and fits even the busiest schedules. During a HIIT, the person performs exercises that cause the heart rate to increase followed by a period of rest or light exercises that allow the heart rate to decrease. A single training session usually lasts 15-20 minutes.

It is important to remember that a HIIT is not suitable for everyone and beginners should always start with shorter bouts and build up their exercise slowly and gradually. Some of the health benefits of a HIIT are:

  1. It boosts metabolism.
  2. Burns energy during and after the workout.
  3. Improves muscle strength.
  4. You can do it anywhere and anytime as these sessions consist mainly of bodyweight exercises.
  5. It helps in hormonal and blood glucose regulation.
  6. Evidence-based research shows that it is an effective method to improve cardiorespiratory fitness.

Some exercises that are often performed during high-intensity interval training are jump squats, plank jacks, burpees, and mountain climbers.

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Rand Al-Najim

ProHealth365 Physiotherapy and Nutrition