When you’re short on time, there are plenty of time-saving workouts you can do that bring your heart rate up, build strength, and burn calories. Take HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts, for example. They’re great for when you’re short on time but need to get a workout in. They’re super-efficient and are the ideal workout for a busy schedule – whether you want to squeeze in a workout on your lunch break or get ready for a fast-approaching event. HIIT workouts can be done in as little as 15 minutes and will leave you feeling amazing. Not to mention, they have a ton of benefits, in addition to being a time-saver.
Good Heart Health
Most people aren’t used to pushing into the anaerobic zone (that lovely place where you can’t breathe and you feel like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest). But in this case, extreme training produces extreme results. HIIT improves fitness in heart disease, helps get rid of plaque in heart stents, and is good for the metabolic syndrome.
All you need is a little open space. HIIT workouts use your own body weight, so any workout that gets your heart rate up quickly such as plyometrics, high knees and jumping jacks can be added to a HIIT workout. A Momentum Fitness Coach can send you HIIT workouts to do in the gym, using our programming app.
High-intensity training adapts to the cellular structure of muscles, which helps you to increase your endurance while exercising. Recently, the Journal of Psychology posted a study where people participated in HIIT workouts for eight weeks. The results showed that the participants were able to double the length of time they could ride a bike at the same pace.
Increase Your Metabolism
When you’re doing HIIT workouts, your body’s repair cycle goes into hyperdrive. This means that within 24 hours after this high-intensity workout, your body is still burning calories and fat, whereas, in steady-pace workouts, you may not. This is because it increases production of your human growth hormone (HGH or metabolism) by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout.
This is not a workout you can do while reading a magazine or chatting with your friend. Because it’s so short, you will be working hard the whole time. The trade-off is that this style of workout offers seasoned exercisers a new challenge and new exercisers a quick way to see results. It’s the best of both worlds!
If you’re thinking, “Hells yes! Count me in!” then look no further than a HIIT program designed by a Momentum Fitness Coach.