Traditionally, cardiovascular training has been proposed as an effective strategy in achieving weight loss. In order to burn fat, recommendations were often to train for periods of greater than 30 minutes at a low to moderate intensity.
(HIIT) High Intensity Interval Training is a popular method of cardiovascular training.
While there is no set formula as to how to structure HIIT sessions, the basic premise is to alternate high intensity bouts of exercise with moderate bouts of exercise. A ratio of 2:1, high intensity to low intensity effort is common.
This means, you would work at a near maximal effort for a set time eg 40-60 seconds and then work at a lower intensity for 20-30 seconds. Repeat this sequence for a set duration.
These sessions are short due to the fact that the intensity at which one works is high, (usually less than 30 minutes).
The benefits in HIIT training include increased resting metabolic rate, enhanced glucose metabolism, improved athletic conditioning and improved fat burning. Practical advantages are that you can complete an effective workout in a short amount of time.
– This article was submitted by the team at Jetts Fitness New Zealand.