High Intensity Interval Training has set the fitness world on fire. There has been a responsive chord for trainers and fitness enthusiasts alike when it comes to HIIT. For one, it is a real time saver and another thing is it offers a great deal of steady-state cardio in half the time.
HIIT improves and alleviates aerobic capacity, even more than just a steady state cardio does; plus it also helps improve the anaerobic energy system. Studies show HIIT is a superior state cardio for melting stubborn visceral abdominal fat that are linked to cardio vascular diseases and type 2-diabetes. HIIT also keeps your body in a “fat burning mode” all throughout the day. Not to mention, you only strain or weaken a minimum of your muscles, as compared to long periods of cardio training that can injure your muscle tissue.
HIIT lets you save time, and it’s a type of workout that you can adapt while you alternate it with period recovery too. With all the benefits of high-intensity interval training, you might think that you can get more of a good thing when you get by it every day. When eating the right kind of food like fruits and vegetables means, “the more the better;” it is a whole lot different when it comes to high intensity interval training.
Why doing it every day isn’t good
When you are doing high intensity training the right way, it can quickly result to soreness, fatigue and “over-reaching” signs. These can easily exhaust your body, especially because you are pushing your body to its maximum effort even during active intervals. Sadly, your body doesn’t effortlessly recover from activities and exercises of such high intensity.
When you are in your recovery period after performing a high-intensity workout, your metabolic rate stays revved. This is your body’s way of maintaining equilibrium or its homeostasis state. It is during this time where your muscles recover and resynthesize phosphocreatine which is the fuel your muscles need to start intensive exercise. At this time, your temperature also has to come down, your heart rate and breathing also drops and stress hormone levels fall. You also have to breathe harder to inhale oxygen and repay the debt in your body. This is a long list of extra work your body needs, imagine if you ask your body to do this every day.
So how often should you a high intensity interval training? Two to three times a week is best for most people.
Remember girls that it is always important that we give extra time and dedication in achieving our goals but also bear in mind that too much of something is bad enough. HIIT may be included to that list but I know this doesn’t stop you.
Now that you know that HIIT exercises may cause more harm than good when done everyday, you can check out on other ways to lay low on interval days; say walking the dog to the park or simply spending extra time with friends and family.
Train Hard Love Life,
Michelle & The Booty Crew xx
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