Staying Healthy and Active: 8 Benefits of HIIT Workouts

Staying Healthy and Active: 8 Benefits of HIIT Workouts

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Aug 18, 2015, at 9:43 pm

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HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING, OR HIIT, workouts are on the rise. They are tailored programs depending on the needs and desired outcomes of the individual, but are all essentially timed combinations of aerobic and strength training exercises with higher bouts or energy and recovery periods.

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These types of workouts are so popular due to their ability to be easily modified to the individuals varying fitness level. They have been proven to provide similar effects of long endurance-type workouts, but in a shorter duration of time. While this might seem odd, HIIT workouts actually burn more calories than endurance workouts both during and after the workout.

According to Dr. Mercola, exercising can extend the quality of your life while also improving the quantity. HIIT workouts boost human growth hormone production, which is essential for peak health, strength and longevity. According to the article “How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer”, it is ideal for individuals to adopt a well-rounded fitness program that involves a variety of types of physical activity. These include: HIIT workouts, strength training, stretching, core exercises, and continual standing as opposed to sitting.

Advantages of HIIT Workouts

1. Be more efficient:
HIIT workouts are efficient because individuals are able to burn more energy in a shorter amount of time compared to more traditional endurance training.
2. Take up the challenge:
HIIT workouts aren’t easy, in fact they are quite challenging. But they do vary so much that the individual can complete a different type of HIIT workout everyday!

3. Increase your metabolism:
These types of interval workouts activate human growth hormones, which ultimately increase metabolism rate.

4. Do it anywhere:
HIIT workouts have little to no constraints!

5. Improve heart health:
Interval workouts increase your heart rate and even improve endurance. In addition to improving heart health, HIIT workouts have heaps of other health benefits. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) they also:
· Improve blood pressure
· Improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness
· Improves insulin sensitivity
· Burns abdominal fat, but maintain muscle mass
· Improve cholesterol profiles

6. Burn that fat:
With more calories burned in 24 hours compared to traditional workouts, individuals will burn more fat.

7. Loss some weight:
HIIT workouts don’t burn muscle, but certainly burn fat.

8. Don’t pay a penny on equipment:
There are several types of workouts that individuals can complete in a HIIT routine that don’t require any equipment at all. Say goodbye to that pricey gym membership!

If you would like to learn more about HIIT workouts or check out some timed programs we’ve created for our readers, you can check out the infographic below.
Have you ever tried a HIIT workout program or integrated these types of exercises into your current workout routine?

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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@advmedcert.com
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