If you despise doing cardio, you might be tempted to skip doing it altogether. This is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. Instead, you should give HIIT a look. Why you ask? Because it will burn the most amount of calories in a short period of time. Clients who have undertaken this change never looked back.
First of all, what the hell is HIIT?
The official wording goes by High Intensity Interval Training and is defined on Wikipedia as :
A form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.
Why you should be doing cardio in the first place.
There are a number of benefits associated with doing cardio year round. The first, and best known, is the fact that it will maintain your heart in as good a shape as can be. Another one that I absolutely love, is the vascularity that it brings. You know those people walking around with veins poping out left and right? Well they are called “vascular” and – ruling out the fact that they might be juicing out – must be doing some form of HIIT to attain that physique.
Ok so what is the difference between HIIT and normal cardio?
When we say normal or regular cardio, we often mean going for a run, walking on the stair-master or spending time on the elliptical. While these are all surely better than nothing – and clearly gives us good conscience in doing something – they are not the best way to get your cardiovascular shape up and running. You see, as in everything in life, the amount of effort you put in directly translates to what you get out. So if you can read your magazine while doing “cardio”, you might not be happy with what I’m about to tell you. HIIT in itself is an all-out cardio form. You will sweat, you will ache, you will want to quit… But the benefits are huge if you can keep up!
So why is HIIT better for me and what do I get out of it?
No gym required. You can’t use the “I don’t have a gym membership” excuse for this one. As you can see at the bottom of the article, you don’t need much to do a proper HIIT workout.
Increases your metabolism. Since you are working out harder, you will continue to burn calories even when you are done.
Perfect for busy people. Maybe you “don’t have time” to workout. In this case, I am pretty sure you can find 20-30 minutes of your time and squeeze one of these workouts into your agenda.
Available on the go. For the same reason you don’t need much to do a session, you also can bring this with you on your next business trip or family vacation.
Here are two quick example of a HIIT cardio training. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!
|Training A||Sprints||20 minutes||Maximum effort (100%) for 20 seconds and recovery (40%) for 60 seconds.|
|Training B||Burpess||30 minutes||Every minute on the minute (EMOM), do 5 burpees and take the remaining seconds to rest. It will get harder quickly I promise!|
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