09 Jul 5 Reasons Why Interval Training is So Good For You
High intensity interval training (HIIT) may seem like another exercise fad, but it’s proven to be one of the fastest ways to get fit, loose the extra kilos and feel great.
HIIT has replaced the long and tedious training sessions of steady-state cardio for short burst of intense anaerobic exercise. The concept is simple: you’ll get more bang for your buck with interval training.
However, the perks of HIIT go beyond saving time and speeding up your results. Here are 5 reasons why you should start interval training today!
- Interval training helps build endurance
Increasing the intensity for short periods during your moderately paced run, can help you build endurance. According to one study, HIIT improves the strength of your skeletal muscles and blood pressure. Intense interval training will also increase your mitochondria capacity, making more energy available to your muscles.
- You’ll keep burning fat for hours
HIIT helps you continue to burn calories, even after you’ve left the gym. Your body has a natural ability to return it back to homeostasis in a process called exercise post-oxygen consumption (EPOC). Compared to a steady-pace workout, the total calories burned during HIIT is greater, therefore increasing the EPOC period. So, for up to 24 hours after you’ve sweated it out, you’ll be burning additional calories!
- It will help delay the ageing process
Regular HIIT has the potential to inhibit the ageing process at a cellular level, keeping you looking and feeling younger. A study published in Cell Metabolism found short, intense exercise sessions boosts your ribosomes ability to create more mitochondrial proteins and increases your muscle protein content, both of which typically decline as we age.
- HIIT will boost your metabolism
According to the American College of Sports and Medicine, an intense interval training workout can help boost your metabolism and accelerate your fat loss. During HIIT, you’ll be consuming more oxygen than a slower and longer workout. This will help increase the rate of your metabolism, helping you burn more calories much faster.
- It can help improve your insulin sensitivity
Interval training at a high intensity can increase your insulin sensitivity markers, reducing your risk of developing diabetes and metabolic syndromes. An improved insulin sensitivity will help your excising muscles use glucose more readily for fuel to give you energy. Not only will this keep your blood glucose levels in check, it will also help you break your fat loss plateau.