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High intensity interval training or HITT Cardio is a workout that goes between high levels of intense training combined with less intense (cool-down) periods of exercise.
This can be as simple as sprinting for a 2 minute window and then a 2 minute cool off period with jogging, walking etc.
More Effective Than Basic Cardio
One of the reasons the HITT cardio workout routine works so well, is that you focus intense periods of time on a specific routine, instead of dragging it out.
In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine offers a study on this program that in a 2 week period, women who followed this routine had better endurance training results than women who followed a basic aerobic set of exercises over a 6 to 8 week period of time. With effective HITT cardio workouts ranging from 5 to 20 minutes, there is also a routine you can do in any span of time you have available.
24 Hour Metabolism Spike
What’s even more awesome for some is the fact that in a 24 hour window, you can actually jumpstart the fat and calorie burning process so significantly that your metabolism will stay up for a 24 hour period. This reduces weight on your frame and can actually help to boost your cardiovascular health at the same time. Which means you can have amazing results, even in your home without having to purchase any equipment.
This then helps to get rid of the excuse that you can’t work out because you don’t have the money to afford all the equipment or a gym membership.
No gym? No problem!
You can head out on the go and do this anywhere! You can do it in the parking lot at work before you pick up your lunch, jumpstart your day before you hit the showers after a cup of coffee in the morning or even when you just need to take a break from your desk during a long day at work.
All you need is a small window of time to maximize the effectiveness of your training efforts. Just be sure to at least bring some cologne and a towel if you decide to do this at work.
Boost Muscle & Lose Fat
What you’ll find is that you begin to boost muscle and the only thing you lose while doing HIIT cardio will be actual fat. While dieting alone can help to reduce the weight on your body, it also causes you to lose both fat and muscle. The intense workout actually helps to build muscle on your body and ensures you lose fat over actual muscle mass.
You should always speak with your doctor before you begin a HIIT cardio routine.
This is intense exercise and is going to put some strain on your heart in the beginning. You need to ensure that it will be something you can safely handle.
Over time, your improved cardiovascular system will continue to benefit from this type of training as it will help to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Not to mention the chiseled abs & amped metabolism that will inevitably occur with HIIT.
Health by choice, not by chance.
-David “HIIT Cardio” Aston
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