Low-intensity interval training can be as effective as HIIT – but only if you spend more time working out
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HIIT workouts generally combine short bursts of intense heart-pounding exercise (during which a person’s heart rate reaches at least 80 percent of its maximum capacity, usually for 1 to 5 minutes) with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise.
...has to do with heart health: Intervals can boost cardio-respiratory health with a smaller time investment compared to continuous forms of exercise.
It's not about superior fat-burning capacity or bigger muscles, but about improved VO2 max, a measure of endurance that calculates the maximum volume of oxygen the body can use.
VO2 max is one of the best predictors of overall health.
People can burn comparable amounts of calories in HIIT routines lasting, compared to longer continuous exercise routines. But this doesn't mean that calorie burn translates into weight loss.
This is the problem with HIIT, just like with any other form of exercise: it’s much easier to lose weight by cutting calories in your diet than trying to burn excess calories.
Any exercise can be a form of HIIT, if it follows a specific regimen where you vary your speeds and intensity when doing it.
HIIT workouts generally only last about 20 minutes, which makes them attractive for busy people (most of us).
A 20-Min HIIT home workout:
Choose one exercise for each of the following four categories:
Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. After performing all four exercises, rest 30 seconds and start again
Complete this circuit three times with a 30-second rest between each round.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and complete the circuit as many times as possible with little to no rest over the course of those 10 minutes.