Good news, recent research from McMaster University has unveiled that HIIT (high intensity interval training) is reportedly more enjoyable than moderate, continuous training (such as jogging).
That’s “high intensity” and “enjoyable” in the same breath.
If you’ve never tried HIIT, or you’re wondering why HIIT is found in fitness facilities, outdoor bootcamps, and home gyms everywhere, it’s because it works. And, according to the McMaster researchers, it’s fun.
A HIIT workout consists of a series short, physically challenging intervals (bursts) with brief recovery periods in between. Hard scientific evidence tells us that HIIT workouts provide greater results in a shorter amount of time. (Click here for more HIIT facts.)
Humans are busy creatures, and HIIT workouts can offer whole-body training, combining strength and cardiovascular fitness gains in a time-effective manner.
The McMaster study had the HIIT exercisers riding a stationary bike for one-minute intense bursts, one-minute recovery, repeated ten times. While physically challenging, the exercisers reported increased competency over the six weeks of the study, three workouts per week. This definitely sounds more interesting, invigorating, and inspiring than the non-HITT exercisers… they simply rode the bike for 27.5 minutes at a moderate, continuous tempo.
HIIT training classes in your community likely won’t be only on a stationary bike either. Instructors will have you using interesting equipment and movements. For HIIT training in the convenience and privacy of your home, check out the Transform by moveBALL™ 30-day program. It’s a complete exercise program plus innovative equipment that requires very little space and time.
Knowing that most entry-level exercisers drop out in the first six weeks of a program, enjoying a workout is an essential consideration.
Bottom line, whatever exercise modality you choose, you must actually like to do it. This is why trying new ways to be physically active, and mixing up your workouts are great strategies for being physically active for a lifetime.