We all know that exercise is an important component of overall health. Exercise burns calories, increases immune function, improves mood, boosts energy, and much more!
So why do some many people continue to lead sedentary lives?
There is a common misconception that exercising requires carving out a large chunk of time in your schedule each day. It can be overwhelming to try to fit in 30-60 minutes of exercise among an already busy schedule.
The good news is that working out for long stretches of time all at once isn’t necessary!
Moving your body and getting your heart rate up for 5-10 minutes several times a day is a great way to get your daily exercise in. In fact, recent research shows that high intensity workouts done in short spurts may actually be more beneficial to your health.
HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, allows you to exercise in a way that challenges your body and improves your health in less than 10 minutes at a time!
3 Benefits Of HIIT Workouts
- Increases Your Metabolism - Combining high intensity with interval training speeds your metabolic rate and creates a metabolism boost for up to 48 hours after you complete a HIIT routine. This means you’ll still be burning fat even after your workout is done.
- Quick and Convenient - Long gone are the days of not having enough time for exercise. HIIT workouts can be done anywhere: at home, in a hotel room, in a park, at a gym, etc. Can you find 10 minutes to exercise before you hop in the shower each morning?
- No Equipment Necessary - No dumbbells? No problem! HIIT workouts generally use only your body weight, since the focus is on getting your heart rate up and keeping it there. These workouts result in optimal muscle building and muscle retention coupled with fat loss and increased calorie burn.