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Why you should hit the HIIT and forget your 45 min cardio

Why you should hit the HIIT and forget your 45 min cardio

Do you waste hours plodding away on the treadmill each week in hope that you will get that dream body?

Well you ain’t alone.

I’m going to share with you one of the best forms of exercise that you can ever do, High Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT. This method of training can be done in 15 -20 minutes and it consists of short intervals at a high intensity followed by a recovery period.

The benefits of HIIT are quite amazing, not only can you complete your workout in 20 minutes or less (instead of 45 minutes or more), you can get a great workout in regardless of your busy schedule.

The magic of High Intensity Interval Training is that once you’ve finished your workout your metabolism is completely revved up and you will continue to burn body fat for up to 24 hours. This is known as excess post exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC for short.

How to work High Intensity Interval Training into your routine

You can include HIIT into your regular workouts each week, for example, you could do your circuit training and then straight after do 15-20 minutes of HIIT. It’s that simple.

If you prefer you can use equipment for your HIIT, for example if you have ever worked with kettlebells before then you know they can provide an excellent workout on their own but how about trying HIIT using kettlebells?

Kettlebell swings are great for your glutes, they help strengthen your back muscles, engage your core muscles and strengthen your hip and knees. Try 30 seconds of kettlebell swings followed by 30 seconds rest, repeat 15 times.

You can even do High Intensity Interval Training using circuits. Try squats, chest press and deadlifts all for 1 minute each without a rest, rest for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.

High Intensity Interval Training can be done anywhere using cardio equipment including treadmill, rowing machine and bike or you can include weights or just use your own body weight.

You will get a far better workout and it will take you half the time.

No more long boring cardio for you.

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