Full on sprints. Battle ropes. Boxing. These are all examples of ways to train at a high intensity for short bursts of time. High intensity interval training, or HIIT is growing in popularity for one big reason: It works. And it works more efficiently than conventional cardio exercise, giving you a better workout in half the time. The science is in. HIIT leads to better weight loss than steady state cardio like jogging at a monotonous pace on the treadmill. HIIT brings such greater variety to training as well. It’s unique. The methods you can use for HIIT are almost unlimited. Kettlebell swings are a great example of this as they use a lot of energy in a short amount of time and leave you breathing heavy, but feeling outstanding within minutes. HIIT also allows you to preserve muscle much better than traditional cardio exercise and doesn’t cause as much of a breakdown in muscle tissue. Give HIIT a try next workout. Take whatever method you are most interested in and go hard for about 15-20 seconds then rest for 30 seconds. That’s one round. Do a few rounds of this and you’ll be burning so many more calories and getting a much more enjoyable and interesting experience than traditional running. Give it a try! Make it fun. Make it interesting. Make it yours and enjoy it!
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