While doing cardio brings in a lot of benefits, not many of us know what makes for an effective cardio routine. For sometime, low-intensity cardio has been accepted as the best when it comes to burning fats. But this was disproved just recently as HIIT, a more exciting and faster way to do cardio, has risen.

HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training

The concept of HIIT comes simple. The HIIT exercise routine transitions from the intervals of low and moderate intensity which increases up to intervals of very high intensity. Doing a 15-minute routine of this training can be compared to doing a 30-45min of low intensity cardio.

To many, 15 minutes might seem too unrealistic when it comes to losing weight. But it is actually not. However, it is essential to remember that this is not like your average walk in the park. The routine is extremely demanding but also rewarding and, not to mention, time-saving. It supports the metabolism in a way that calories are burned not immediately but throughout the day, leading to better results.

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Doing the HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training may be performed using different training machines or in outside spaces. In every situation, it is important to initially start with some 3-5 minute warm-up.

Beginners may start at a moderate pace for 30 seconds. Afterward, 30 seconds of going hard should follow. This routine should be repeated for additional 5-8 intervals.

When performing on exercise machines, the intensity level should be revved up in a way that will be challenging to the trainee. 5-8 minutes of the actual working set should then be followed by a 3-5minute cool down.

If using the exercise machine still doesn’t come too satisfactory, there’s always the option of running, jumping, or swimming at the proposed intervals.

Another important reminder when doing the HIIT is to stay hydrated all throughout the undertaking. Water is an essential element to keep the body adept at liquid loss and it keeps the muscles fully functional. There are also energy drinks that you can take but be careful of overdrinking it as water is still the best thirst quencher above everything else.