The idea here is by working your body at it’s max level you are training your body to consume its energy stores (calories; fats and carbs) as well as breaking down the muscles to encourage regeneration and recovery. Ultimately leading to that fountain of youth of losing weight and getting toned.
Is HIIT something you can really only do for 4 minutes a day and reap the benefits? Not necessarily. To break it down the 4 minute interval period is a set, like any set of squats, deadlifts or anything else that you might break down during a typical workout. In order to really see the full benefits it is important to do multiple sets. Within each set you can change up the exercises as well to add variety and to hit multiple muscle groups to really get as much as you can. 2-4 sets is recommended to really engage the body and see results.
As with any workout program, make sure you have an appropriate warm up and cool down period. Since you are training the body on a higher intensity, it is crucial that you prepare for the high intensity training with an adequate warm up and at the end you ease the body back down to a resting state following. Jumping into the HIIT workout right off the bat and abruptly ending can lead to a reduction in your body’s ability to recover and you won’t see the full benefits that HIIT can offer.
To really maximize the benefits of HIIT, it should be included as part of a well-rounded fitness program.
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