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I don’t know about you, but I definitely would rather crank it up a notch and exercise for 4-8 minutes in comparison to staring at wall in local gym for 30 minutes to an hour jogging…or performing any other slow, and somewhat boring type of cardio.
-So why does HIIT burn more fat than regular moderate intensity cardio, like jogging?
To put it simply, after your HIIT training session is over with your metabolism explodes and tons of calories are being burned. These calories are being burned because your body must recover from HIIT workout you just exposed it to (the details as to why exactly this happens are pretty complicated, and would take a long time to explain, so I’ll spare you). Just understand that after workout, not during workout, is when fat is being burnt.
HIIT offers people an extremely effective and, as shown by study done by Tremblay and other authors, a very fast way to eliminate fat. In addition to this, it can increase your muscle’s resistance to fatigue. Although, probably best part about this type of training is that you no longer have to spend 30 minutes to an hour at your gym jogging away your life on treadmill.
Here's a tip: Personally, I enjoy listening to some type of fast paced music while performing an HIIT workout. Doing this can really increase intensity of your workout, and similarly, productivity of it as well. Some type of MP3 player usually works best because they don't jiggle around very much.
If you decide to take up HIIT training you may want to check it out with your doctor first. This type of training is incredibly effective, but it is also very intense.
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(1) Tremblay, A., J. Simoneau, and C. Bouchard. Impact of exercise intensity on body fatness and skeletal muscle metabolism. Metabolism. 43:814-818, 1994.
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