When high intensity short workouts hit the gym scene everyone really thought it was too good to be true.
Let’s face it, can you really get fit in less than 20 minutes?
You better believe it. The theory behind high intensity short workouts is to push you to the limit using short bursts of intense exercise. This form of activity is not only very popular within the fitness community, it’s now acknowledged as an effective form of exercise by experts. The World Health Organization recommends adults should do at least 150 minutes moderate activity or at least 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. High intensity workouts are the real deal and I’m going to show you why it is the best.
#1 Kiss fat Goodbye
What’s your goal? If your agenda involves melting fat to create a lean physique, then high intensity workouts have been proven to burn fat very effectively. In fact according to National Institutes of Health their studies have shown significant fat loss could be achieved in as little as 12 weeks. And that’s by only working out 20 minutes 3 times per week.
#2 No Time? Or Anytime Anywhere
The thing I really love about high intensity workouts is the fact they don’t take much time out of your life and they can still make a difference. Most workouts only require in the region of 20 minutes. Meaning you can squeeze them into the busiest of schedules. And you don’t need to take my word for it, even experts have shown high intensity short workouts are more effective than steady cardio. Another great thing is that if you don’t have any equipment, it doesn’t matter. Most high intensity short workouts require only your body to bust out the moves.
#3 Keeps on Burning Calories
High intensity workouts are a great way to boost your metabolism which means burning calories. The extreme exertion you challenge your body with increases the need for oxygen. This makes the heart beat faster and metabolism goes into overdrive.
And do you want to hear the best part? This also continues long after your workout is done and dusted. The American College of Sports Medicine suggests one workout of high intensity can continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after exercise
#4 Gym not Your Thing?
High intensity short workouts are extremely versatile which means you could combine it with other sports. If you are into cycling, try fast paced intervals on your ride out. This will be a sure fire way of getting your heart rate up. Or maybe jogging in the park is more your thing. Add in a few sprints to your circuit to get your body into fat burn mode.
#5 Over to You
Now you know why it’s so good, here’s a quick rundown of one of my favorite high intensity short workouts. Why not give it a try and see for yourself.
1. High knees
2. Mountain climbers
3. Jump lunges
Your workout: 4 rounds, 30 secs move, 30 secs rest
If you are looking for an effective way to lose weight and get fit fast, then hit a high intensity short workout.