Ask most anyone what the best way to lose fat is, and they will tell you that you need to hop on the treadmill, or elliptical, or stationary bike for hours on end, day after day, to see results. What if I told you that you could spend half the time (or less) working out and burn more body fat than the person next to you spending hours on a treadmill? You might think that I’m going to try to sell you some sort of magical beans or useless diet pills, or that I’m playing some sort of joke on you. But I’m totally serious, and I promise there are no beans or pills involved.
The secret is high intensity interval training (HIIT), and if you’ve been following along with my workouts, then you’ve already been doing HIIT workouts. A HIIT workout is one in which you do an exercise at your maximum intensity for a period of time (an interval), then follow it by a rest interval, and repeat. The intent is to make your muscles (including your heart) work hard, rest, then work hard again.
This work-hard-then-rest technique builds your muscles and burns calories at an astonishing rate compared to traditional cardio and strength training. Studies are showing that HIIT causes a sustained calorie burn throughout the day, not just during your workout. That’s the magic.
This method can be used for virtually any workout, including your treadmill workout. Studies have also shown that HIIT works when using a less intense work interval which is helpful for older adults and those who have health issues and cannot do full on high intensity training. The excuses of “I have no time” and “I’m too out of shape” are both out the window! So grab your Gymboss Interval Timer and get your HIIT on!
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