One of the newest fitness trends found at any gym nearest you is HIIT – high-intensity interval training. From the outside looking in, this may seem like a modern-day torture chamber, but to many who train, this is their happy place. Thanks to Well + Good and Dr. Metzl, here are 5 facts about this new workout that may sway you into trying your first class.
HIIT is no more dangerous than less intense forms of exercise. All exercises come with their own injuries. Form is always the most crucial part of everything you do. One wrong bend, and you can throw out your back whether you are in a HIIT class, a yoga flow, or a spin studio, it can happen anywhere.
HIIT has many research-backed benefits beyond burning fat. Not only is this an amazing workout to change your body physically, studies have shown that this form of exercise has an impact on decreasing appetite, and helping with type 2 diabetes to control blood sugar.
HIIT can improve your athletic performance elsewhere. Even if you may already be an athlete, adding this super intense workout can only better your abilities and help you improve stamina and strength whether it be at the track, on the bike, in the pool, etc.
Ten minutes of HIIT really does make a difference. Now this wont turn you into an Olympian, but it will improve your strength and overall health with just ten intense minutes a day. Push yourself for those ten minutes and you WILL see the results in time!
HIIT sounds like torture, but people actually find it fun. Overtime, workouts become easier as you become more in shape and they are even therapeutic to some who enjoy HIIT as a FUN form of release. It may not be everyone’s happy place, but you’ll never know until you try!