HIIT means “High Intensity Interval Training” or basically a workout that involves short periods of intense exercises alternating with short periods of light exercise or recovery. This method involves exercises performed in repeated quick bursts at maximum or near maximal effort with periods of rest or low activity between bouts.
Examples of HIIT training might be as simple as running up a flight of stairs, then walking down the stairs while you recover, and then repeating several times. Or, something like 25 jump squats combined 30 seconds of rest.
Many experts believe HIIT training is the most effective way to work out and save time. In one study research found that 20 minutes of HIIT training was more effective at burning calories than 20 minutes of weight training or steady state cardio.
Many studies also support the claim that HIIT training boosts your metabolism for hours after a workout more than any other type of training or exercise.
However, sticking with only one mode of exercise does have its risks. Only doing HIIT workouts can lead to injury, risk of overtraining and burnout. If you are new to exercise, starting a routine with HIIT is probably not a great idea.
For optimal health, it is ideal to include different forms of working out into a regular routine. Many people find it beneficial to do HIIT workouts once a week, weight training 2-3 times per week and cardio 2-3 times per week. Of course, always including rest and recovery days into your routine.
However, everyone is different. At Axio Fitness we have experts that can help you find the exercise routines you enjoy that are also aligned with your fitness goals. We always recommend talking to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.