Is ten minutes of cardio really enough to make a difference? Science says yes. According to a study shared at the 2011 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, it only takes two weeks of training with HIIT to equal 6 to 8 weeks of endurance conditioning. Not only does HIIT help you to gain endurance faster but it also keeps you burning more calories in a 24 hour period POST workout than you will see with a steady paced running session. Whether you are just setting goals for yourself or have been conditioning your body for years, don’t let that meager 10 minutes of work fool you… It is a real challenge but well worth the effort. If you aren’t trying HIIT at home already, here are even more reasons to get on the go.
You Do Not Need Equipment
Kettlebells, dumbbells and barbells… oh my! Not only can equipment be expensive but it can also be difficult to lug around if you are working out at home. Equipment takes us unnecessary space and can make a small place seem even smaller. With HIIT you will be using your own body weight to get fit. A win/win for you and your apartment.
You Will Lose Weight But Not Muscle
Eating right is an important part of staying healthy but extreme diets can leave you with muscle loss. HIIT helps you lose weight without losing muscle. Because you need muscle to burn more calories, keeping it is not only important to aging well but also to keeping the pounds at bay.
Your Metabolism Will Skyrocket
HIIT stimulates the production of HGH (human growth hormone) and can increase it by 450% for 24 hours after you workout. This is great news not only because it ups calories burned but it also slows the aging process helping you to stay young outside and inside.
It Is Fast
Most people skip workouts because they do not have time for lengthy hours spent at the gym. With these exercises, you will be done in about 10 to 15 minutes with the benefits of a longer workout. If you are strapped for time, you simply cannot go wrong with a short workout that keeps you looking good, feeling good and operating on all cylinders.
It Boosts Energy and Improves Mood
Like other workouts, HIIT can boost your energy and mood. In fact, a recent study revealed that within just a few minutes of cardio, you could begin receiving a mood boost that can ease anxiety and depression. If you lack energy, HIIT can also fill your tank up for a full day at the office.
It is Simple
You do not need a degree or fancy gym lingo to get the job done with HIIT. No books needed. No videos required. You can do it anywhere – on a train, in the rain, in a box, with a fox… Dr. Seuss would have really loved this workout that keeps it as simple as one, two, three.
Exercises to Try At Home
Incorporate these high-hitting calorie blasters to create the perfect HIIT workout at home. Repeat this set 3-5 times to complete one session.
35 jumping jacks
25 high knee jumps
1 minute wall squat hold
25 high knee jumps
HIIT helps to keep you fit in more ways than one. From the inside to the outside, when you take the time to keep yourself healthy… Your body will thank you and repay you with many more years of dedicated lifelong service.