Are you getting bored with your typical treadmill work out? Tired of running for long periods of times at the same speed? Want to add interest to your cardio exercise? Then you may want to consider HIIT!
What is HIIT?
HIIT is short for High-Intensity Interval Training. It is also called high-intensity intermittent exercise or sprint interval training. During HIIT you alternate short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with rest periods. It is a great way to get into shape. Studies have shown it is an extremely effective exercise that burns fat quickly. Source
How do I get started in HIIT?
Before starting HIIT there are a few things to know and consider. In order to have an effective HIIT workout you will need to experiment with the right settings. If you are advanced, then you want to start off with faster speeds and a higher incline. Whereas beginners should start slowly with no incline. The idea is to push yourself to your max for a short period of time. Find a setting that you can maintain for about a minute. If the minute is too easy, then increase the speed or incline. If you can not complete the minute, then decrease the speed or incline.
How many times per week should I do HIIT?
Experts recommend about 2-3 times a week with 24 hours of rest between sessions.
What is an example of an HIIT workout?
A typical HIIT workout may look something like this:
- Warm-up with a walk or easy jog for 10 minutes
- Intense period: Run at a higher speed for 30 seconds
- Rest period: Walk for 2 min
- Repeat 10 more times
- Cool-down with a walk for 10 minutes
- Stretch and drink water
Other HIIT workout Sources:
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As your HIIT routine becomes easier increase the speed and incline. Have fun with HIIT and push yourself, but always be safe with your treadmill and know when to give yourself time to recover
HIIT is a great way to get maximum results from your treadmill in quicker workout sessions. Each session only takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and gets your heart rate up for an extremely effective workout. Don’t have a treadmill at home? Get yours today and get started with HIIT.