Heard of high-intensity interval training (HIIT)? It involves brief periods of maximum effort, high-intensity exercises, with active rest/recovery periods. Many fitness enthusiasts believe this type of workout produces excellent results since it burns calories and targets various muscles quickly and efficiently.
Who should do HIIT and who shouldn’t
HIIT is suitable for people who are healthy and don’t have any medical reason that stops them from exercising. For those who want maximum exercise benefits in a short period, HIIT workouts are ideal.
HIIT is not advisable for:
- Those who have suffered a recent injury or are ill
- Pregnant women
- Women who have given birth in the last six months
- People with a heart condition or weak bones (osteoporosis)
- Those who are entirely new to exercise
What to wear for HIIT workouts
Pick t-shirts made of absorbent, cotton-poly blend fabrics and team them with shorts/leggings along with supportive athletic shoes.
Checklist for those attempting HIIT for the first time
You should be able to do basic bodyweight exercises like push-ups and planks.
You should be able to squat without pain, balance on a single leg with eyes shut for 30 seconds, and be able to run without knee or back pain.
To begin with, don’t overdo it, go for two HIIT workouts in a week. On the remaining days, try cardio, strength training or even restorative yoga.
Make sure you’re monitored by a personal trainer to ensure your form is correct and that the workout is safe, effective and beneficial for you.