What is HIIT?
High Intensity Interval Training, otherwise known as HIIT, is a combination of cardiovascular exercises that involves short bursts of maximum effort within a short period of time.
What are the benefits of HIIT?
HIIT combines both cardio and strength training, making it perfect for a 2-in-1 training session. It requires little to no equipment and can be completed in a short period of time so if you’re short on time, this will be perfect for you!
There are also plenty more benefits that comes with HIIT training, such as:
- Surprisingly more calories are actually burned when you’re in a resting state rather than during your workout. This is due to a phenomenon called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) where the body burns the most calories while healing the wear and tear at the end of a workout.
- As your heart rate is staying up during the entire HIIT workout, alongside EPOC, this is optimal and an effective contribution to weight loss.
- Not only will you be working out multiple muscle groups at a time, but muscular endurance also increases as you're pushing your body at a high intensity with minimal rest.
- With regular exercise, your heart will get stronger and in turn can pump blood around the body with less effort. This allows the pressure to decrease on the heart, therefore lowering blood pressure.
The benefits do not stop here. It also impacts your brain by improving your mental health and memory as it slows down the structural changes in the brain that come with age.
Halloween HIIT Workout
This workout will be quite intense if you’ve never done HIIT before, however take it at your own pace and feel free to alter some exercises until you’re comfortable.
Complete each exercise for 20 seconds | 10 seconds rest between each exercise
Some equipment you can use to enhance your HIIT workout
Not only can these exercises be completed with just body weight, you can also add some equipment to increase the intensity if you’re finding it just a bit too easy!
Some of our favorites include: