What are the benefits of HIIT cardio?
Cardio you either love it or hate it right? The thought of running on a treadmill, crosstrainer or what ever piece of equipment you choose for an hour can fill you with dread. Or you simply don't have time in your day to fit it in.
Cardio fitness is an important part of training when it comes to achieving your physique goals and burning off unwanted body fat to show off the muscle you worked hard to build. Which is why I highly recommend it for most of our clients! It shouldn't be neglected simply because you don't enjoy the conventional way of doing it or you don't have time. Instead find an alternative. The good news is there is another way, Hiit cardio. Using short burst of high intensity work to rest periods with a workout that lasts 10-30 minutes. It can be simply running up and down the stairs, skipping, star jumps to name but a few exercises.
8 Benefits of Hiit Cardio:
• You can do HIIT anywhere—inside or outside
• HIIT is extremely efficient on time
• Aids in heart health
• HIIT challenges you both mentally and physically
• You don’t need any equipment to perform it
• It’s a great way to burn fat while preserving hard-earned muscle mass
• HIIT is a fantastic way to naturally increase your metabolism
• HIIT allows your body to burn calories well after your session is over
This is great news! No matter where you go, you can fit in a HIIT session—whether you are at home or the weather nice outside? Perfect! Grab your friends and crush a HIIT workout with them and see who can out-perform the others. Is your day full of meetings but you have a window of around 15-minutes before work to get a quick workout? HIIT it is!
I wish I had the wonder exercise for you but you can’t spot target fat loss. You body burns your excess stores of body fat how it wants to and this is determined by your body type and genetics. Exercising your abs will build muscle and improve your body shape in that area but it has nothing to do with burning fat.
Creating a calorie deficit is the only way to reduce your body fat and this means decreasing your calories intake, increasing your calorie output or both. You have to create a calorie deficit over a prolonged period of time and aim for a realistic weight loss of around 2lb a week, anymore that this and you are moving towards crash dieting and this leads to a whole range of other issues that will hinder you losing your belly long term.
It is so much more than just eating less and doing a bit of exercise it means changing your lifestyle, daily habits and emotional links you have with food. It takes time, hard work and patience. But the good news is you can do it with the right tools and guidance, if you keep at it you will see the results.
You will read all sorts of articles about what is the best form of exercise for weightloss and yes I agree that certain exercise prescription been proven to be more beneficial than others. However unless you have a PT guiding you through the process then sticking to the ideal solution is not always that easy.
There are so many options out there to get you moving, to build muscle and to burn more calories from Zumba, Hiit, yoga, Bootcamps, walking, climbing, swimming, martial arts, trampolining the list is endless.
My advice is do something you enjoy that fits into your lifestyle and find yourself a training buddy or a friendly training Group that will support you and you are more likely to stick with it.