Everyone loves to take a shortcut every now and then, but that usually isn’t ideal when it comes to your fitness. With high-intensity interval training (HIIT), however, you can get your workouts done in half the time and reap these amazing benefits.
With these vigorous workouts, you’re strictly burning fat, not muscle. Studies suggest that these sweat sessions help burn stubborn abdominal fat, which is the “unhealthy” fat in your body. Not bad for less than half an hour of work.
Though you may feel your blood pressure rising during the workout, HIIT can help lower the risk of heart disease because it reduces arterial stiffness, making it easier for your heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.
Studies show that fewer than 30 minutes of HIIT three times a week produces the same results as an hour of cardio five times per week, so you can get your workouts done and still have time for that Netflix marathon.
In 16 weeks, insulin sensitivity can be improved by as much as 58 per cent with interval training. This is good news for your waistline because increasing your insulin sensitivity means your body will be less likely to store your food as fat.