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12 Health Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)


Most of us know that getting roughly 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each week is an important part of staying healthy. But so few of us actually reach that goal. Why? The explanation usually has a lot to do with time limitations, particularly for men and women with busy jobs and growing families.

That’s why high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is such a useful way to reach your fitness goals. Rather than spending longer doing more moderate exercises, it’s a system that recommends doing difficult, or intense, activities over a shorter period of time. In the end, it’s an excellent way for individuals with major time constraints — whatever those limitations may be — to shed calories and fat and feel better both mentally and physically.

1. Save Time

Lack of energy, lack of time: those are almost certainly the two most frequently used excuses for not getting enough physical exercise. And it’s fairly understandable: in today’s economy, many people feel they have to go above and beyond when it comes to hours worked in order to prove themselves to their superiors. At the same time, those of us with growing families and longer commutes find our total number of free hours shrinking all the time.

This is exactly why high intensity interval training is so useful. It’s built from the ground-up with time savings in mind, as so many of the exercises are designed to get the heart pumping and calories burning in as little time as possible. The end result: an extremely time-effective workout. Generally speaking, a HIIT workout lasts anywhere from ten to thirty minutes, a relatively short amount of time compared to many workout styles.

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