Currently, there is a lot of press and media attention about high intensity interval training (HIIT). It has become the buzzword for fat burning, muscle building, and overall fitness. Have you wondered if HIIT is a safe workout for you? In general HIIT is a vigorous workout that incorporates both strength training and aerobic training in specific time intervals. This could mean doing jumping jacks for one minute followed by crunches as a recovery for one minute, or doing 20 seconds of high intensity squat jumps, followed by 20 seconds of pushups, and a 20 second recovery of walking in place. The exercises vary widely as do the interval periods, and length of time spent exercising. You might do a seven minute HIIT workout, or an hour HIIT workout depending on the program you are following.

The benefit of HIIT training is that you are getting two workouts done at once, and that HIIT workouts tend to burn more calories after the workout session is over than do traditional exercise programs. There are also many health benefits associated with HIIT such as improved cardiovascular health,  muscle strength, blood pressure profiles, cholesterol profiles, insulin sensitivity etc.

However, it is important to know if HIIT is safe for you personally, before you go to a HIIT class, or start training at home. Check out this link, from the American College of Sports Medicine, for some questions to ask yourself before you begin HIIT workouts… 

High intensity interval training (HIIT) may give you awesome results, or HIIT may just not be the right kind of workout for you at all. Remember, the point is to keep moving and doing both strength training and aerobic training of some sort. Do not stress yourself out thinking you have to do the latest HIIT workout craze!

Jennifer is Co-Founder of SimplyFit4Life LLC & Creator of the Cardio Weights Division. She has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior, but her real education has been attained in the school of marriage, motherhood, and family/friend/client/coworker relations.
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