By: Georgia Conway
I hate the thought of being on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Especially when one minute on a treadmill feels like 10 normal minutes (well at least to me it does!). I used to avoid the treadmill at the gym, and not even look at it until a friend mentioned doing high intensity interval training (HIIT). I will admit that at first I was sceptical but now I am hooked!
HIIT is an amazing workout for burning fat, it incorporates intense bursts of exercise with short recovery periods breaking up those long treadmill minutes.YOU set the level you want to work at making it so easy to build up fitness while fat burning along the way.
HIIT can range from running to complete rest, running to jogging and if you’re fitness mad and completely in shape - there must be some of you out there - alternating between a fast sprint to just an average sprint (if there is such a thing!). You can also choose how long you run or rest for. Whether it’s running for one minute with 1 minute rest or sprinting for 2 ½ minutes with 30 seconds rest it still gets the fat burning going. No matter what level you choose you need to make sure you push the anaerobic zones. This creates an oxygen debt in your muscles that still needs to be paid back after exercising making sure that your body is still burning fat hours after the gym. Although this does mean that you need to make sure you do a cool down routine to ensure minimum aching the next day.
One thing I love about HIIT is that it’s not just limited to the gym, you can do it anywhere. If your one of those who avoids the gym at all costs but still loves to exercise you can still do it outside on your usual run route, just make sure to alternate between high levels of exercise to complete rest or low levels, depending on your preference. With HIIT you don’t even need to run for a long period of time you can fit in a quick 15 minutes HIIT routine into a busy schedule burning fat and saving time. So there’s no excuse not to try this routine even if you find it’s not for you, which I doubt because it’s so flexible!