Not everyone can go to the gym. A recent study showed that although 49% of Americans want to lose weight, only 20% of people who are wanting to lose weight try to go to the gym. What’s even more surprising is that 80% of those gym members do not maximize their memberships to its fullest potential.
What is the problem that lies behind this disappointing statistic?
The main hurdle is that people are busy, and it is hard to fit in a fitness schedule partnered with other priorities in mind. For this reason, people are looking into quick, practical solutions, and one of them is high-intensity interval training or HIIT.
What is HIIT?
HIIT is a workout style where you do long bursts of rigorous, high-intensity exercises, mediated with brief instances of rest. This method was scientifically proven to be effective as it burns more fat at a shorter period. Edward Granlund, CrossFit devotee, lists some of the significant benefits of having a HIIT routine, even in the comfort of your home:
- You do not need to have a gym membership to do HIIT exercises
HIIT exercises are relatively simple. They are mostly movements that work against your body weight, and this is where the challenge lies. Burpees, Jumping Jacks, Frog Hops, Suicide Drills are all examples of HIIT movements that can make you sweat profusely even without gym or equipment use. You only need a proper exercise mat for floor workouts, as well as your appropriate workout clothes to prevent injuries.
- HIIT can be done in as short as 10 to 20 minutes at the minimum
For some workouts such as steady-state cardio to be effective, you have to clock in for 30 to 40 minutes on average. In HIIT, you can save time by burning the same amount of calories for half the duration period. This workout method is ideal for people who are busy and need a quick boost throughout the day. “You can even squeeze it into your morning routine, which means you’ll have a higher chance of success in doing the workout rather than forcing yourself to hit the gym,” stated Granlund.
- The HIIT method can help you gain muscle mass
How would you like to gain more muscle, even without the use of weights? In HIIT exercises, this is possible. Unlike steady-state cardio, HIIT exercises make use of your body weight to build up muscle in specific portions of your core, arms, legs, and butt. That is an efficient way to combine cardio with strengthening if you’re someone who wants to maximize time.
- HIIT helps you elevate your basal metabolic rate
The basal metabolic rate is your body’s capability to burn calories even in its resting state. Some people have higher basal metabolic rates than others, and this is what makes them look ‘skinnier’ than their slower metabolism counterparts. HIIT aids by helping elevate your basal metabolic rates. Since the workout is very rigorous, it keeps your heart pumping and your body more active even hours after your workout.
- The HIIT method is more useful for fat loss
A lot of exercises would promise fat loss, only to leave you feeling disappointed when you see that you lost muscles instead of fat. Since HIIT has the goal of changing your body composition, it strengthens the muscles and eliminates the fat instead. That is a win-win situation because not only have you gained more muscle which gives your body a soft contour, but you’ve also lost the fat you’ve been dying to shed.
Coupled with a healthy diet and proper lifestyle habits, HIIT can be a good routine for busy people who do not want to spend hours in the gym. You can do most HIIT movements in the comfort of your home, and it would be great to consider this as a part of your workout schedule if you want to reap its benefits.
About Edward Granlund:
Edward Granlund is a diligent student, actively completing a degree in Cybersecurity. He skillfully retains his technical competence while the artistic, social, and adventurous facets of his personality flourish. An avid skier, CrossFit devotee, and gifted stock picker, Edward regularly embraces opportunities for personal growth and, because of his innate talents in cybersecurity, his remarkable workplace skills continue to thrive.
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