Unraveling HIIT: The Latest Keep-Fit Trend

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HIIT or high intesity interval training maybe the perfect fit for you to hit your fitness goals in short span of time. Photo by Geert Pieters on Unsplash
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Get fit quick. That’s what HIIT promises. HIIT is the latest trend in fitness to lead a healthier lifestyle. But, despite that HIIT is guaranteed to improve your fitness level, this intensive workout regime may not be the perfect one for all. Read more to find out.

With the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018 predicting that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will be in the top spot, now is a good time to delve a little deeper into if it’s right for you. The increased interest in personal health and fitness is being responded to by healthcare and training professionals alike as well as consumer industries. For example, Fitbit launched its first smartwatch – Fitbit Ionic in the UAE, which offered users the opportunity to track deeper health insights. With the increase in suggestions and options for fitness workouts, debunking the fact from the fiction can be both time consuming and confusing.

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High-intensity interval training is a type of cardio training that has become increasingly favored over the previously accepted steady state cardio. Instead of steady continuity, HIIT focuses on short bursts of incredibly intense exertion, followed by periods of rest. This type of exercise can provide you with the biggest boost to your metabolic rate, which continues even hours after you have left the gym.

When HIIT is an ideal fit for you

In an area of the world that is becoming increasingly aware of health and fitness as a lifestyle and a fashion, Anna Holmes, winner of a Dubai bodybuilding competition and personal trainer in the Middle East, commented that “fitness is a huge part of life (in the Middle East) and there are almost too many brands that no one knows what to buy.” Hence why popular workouts and regimes can gain traction quickly.

One of the key reasons that HIIT has proven to be such a popular form of fitness is due to the fact that the results are evident quicker than in most other forms of exercise.

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In fact, only 15 minutes is required to see results, so not having enough time to fit working out in your schedule could be solved through this regime. Not only is HIIT excellent for those looking to burn fat and maintain muscle, but it also provides other health benefits. This style of training has been connected with improving issues such as obesity, cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Ultimately, this results in significantly increased cardiovascular and pulmonary efficiency.

Things to be aware of

Since HIIT is one of the most intense workouts on the market, the level of strenuousness may not be suitable for those who are not already adequately physically fit. Even for those who are in good shape, the risk of injury has the potential to be quite high and extra wear and tear on your body is to be expected. In order to help reduce problems, it is important to remember to check your form and the positioning of your body throughout each HIIT exercise.

A combination of an increased desire to lead healthier lifestyles teamed with the desire for quick results has made HIIT an inevitable hit in the world of fitness. With the added bonus of short spans of time required and varied exercises, it is ideal for those who need something stimulating and time efficient to work their schedule around. It is a workout that is guaranteed to improve fitness levels, but taking the time to assess your personal fitness levels and approach will ultimately prove beneficial, helping to minimize the chance of throwing yourself into a potentially dangerous exercise regime.

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