HIIT, or high intensity interval training seems to be a relatively new buzzword in the fitness world, but, SURPRISE...it's not!
If you're a runner you've probably heard of Fartlek training. If you're not a runner, no I didn't just curse at you in a foreign language. It means "speed play" in Swedish. Basically, a version of interval training developed in the 1930s. This is NOT a new concept.
So, should you stop doing long, slow cardio and start doing intervals?
Steady state cardio has its place and is valuable in many fitness plans but adding a HIIT workout to your weekly routine can benefit you in a lot of ways.
If you haven't done interval training yet, ease into it with one workout a week to start. The very simplest form of a HIIT workout would be something like this:
While on a run, start at a moderate pace for 5-10 minutes. Then using landmarks such as lampposts, street signs or driveways, sprint to a specific landmark then slow back to your moderate pace. After a couple minutes or another landmark, sprint again. Do this for 20-30 minutes and then a short cool-down. Super simple...super effective.
If you prefer a more specific plan you can time your intervals to be precise. Start with a 1:3 or 1:2 interval and gradually shorten your rest intervals over time.
Warm-up 10 minutes
Sprint 30 seconds, moderate pace 90 seconds
Repeat for 20-30 minutes
Cool-down 5-10 minutes
HIIT workouts are easy to create and easy to add to your fitness plan. Try one today!