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woman interval trainingWhat is Interval Training?
 
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of exercise whereby periods of high intensity are alternated with periods of rest or low intensity. There are so many benefits of interval training programs especially from a weight-loss perspective that you should make the effort to incorporate them into your weight loss plan!

There is a popular belief that if you want to burn off maximum amounts of body fat it is best to exercise within your ‘fat burning zone’, which is believed to be 60-80% of your maximum heart rate.

However, this theory has since been disproven with the introduction of high intensity interval training. Interval training has the potential to burn off far more body fat compared to exercising at a ‘steady state’ (within the ‘fat-burning zone’). This results from the energy (calories) expended during the exercise session itself and the extra calories burnt off post-exercise.  


Interval training can be a great way to get and stay physically fit, but it’s also a big help when it comes to weight loss

Interval Training helps to regulate weight loss, to strengthen and tone muscles without bulking them up, and to maintain a healthy weight in the long run.
 

What are the Benefits of Interval Training?

 

Speeds up Your Metabolism
Interval training is known to help speed up your metabolism and keep it running smoothly even when you aren’t working out. In fact, working out in this manner can actually help you to burn more calories even while you’re sleeping. The trick is to feed your body small, healthy meals multiple times a day so that it gets a continuous supply of energy to work with.

Feeding your metabolism with heavy meals sparsely throughout the day will actually slow your metabolism down and reverse the after effects you receive from your workouts. To maximize the calorie burn, eat lots of fruit as snacks and include plenty of vegetables, in addition to whole grains, in your meals and aim to eat five or six times a day. 

Keeps You Motivated
Interval training is an energy booster and will more than likely make you feel so good that you stay motivated to keep your routine up. Being able to get through the day with plenty of energy keeps you more active than you might be used to, which in turn helps you to burn even more calories by the time you’re ready to hit the sack.

Improves your Strength and Endurance
Interval training doesn’t just provide an abundance of energy, a proven way to lose weight, and a true method for raising your metabolism. It’s also good for strengthening and toning muscles in the legs, arms and torso. It also provides the opportunity to improve your endurance, which is important if you feel like you’re always on the run. It’s also very helpful for those that tend to live a sedentary life and need the endurance in order to be able to get through workouts.

Of course, when it comes to exercise the most important aspect is that you exercise consistently and make it a permanent part of your lifestyle. However, if you want to get the best possible fat-burning and weight-loss results from your exercise session, then incorporating high intensity interval training into your weight-loss plan is the best way to go!!!