High intensity interval training, HIIT, and CrossFit style workouts are becoming increasingly popular in the fitness world and with good reason. This interval style of workouts packs a punch in a short amount of time. These workouts are not only time-efficient, but they also have a great afterburn effect and improve your heart’s strength and performance.
Three Benefits Of Interval Training
1. Time Efficient. Spending an hour at the gym doesn’t always fit into everyone’s daily routine. Fortunately, research shows that short, intense bursts of interval training has similar effects on your metabolism as endurance training. This means you can spend less time at the gym, but get virtually the same results. One study showed that doing 8 to 12 one-minute intervals of high intensity work produced the same effect on your metabolism as 30 minutes on a stationary bike! So even if you’ve got a super busy day, know that an intense 10 to 20-minute workout can still be extremely beneficial.
2. Lasting Effects. High intensity intervals produce an amazing and coveted afterburn effect. This means that even after you’re finished working out, your metabolism is still in overdrive and burning calories. While this occurs with many styles of exercise, research has shown that high intensity exercise increases the duration of the afterburn effect and burns more calories total.
3. Great for Your Heart. Interval training increases aerobic performance. By increasing the intensity of intervals, like with HIIT and CrossFit, cardiorespiratory function is also improved. This means that the heart and lungs supply oxygen to the body more efficiently in order to maximize the body’s oxygen intake levels. Because the muscles work so hard during these intervals and require more oxygen, both cardiovascular strength, and post-workout calorie burn are improved. As another bonus, building cardiovascular strength via interval training can also help prevent chronic diseases.
Just Keep Moving
No matter what style of workout you prefer, it’s important to keep your body moving, but if pain or limited range of motion has been keeping you from your favorite style of workout, contact Airrosti today. Our providers treat your pain at the source to eliminate it quickly. They also equip you with stretches and exercises to prevent future injuries and keep your body moving and pain-free!
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