So, in Pakistan, people tell us a lot of stuff regarding weight loss and weight gain, especially the aunties who out of nowhere become certified health experts who know it all; from what kind of food should be eaten, what exercise should be done and what kind of clothes should be worn to make us look flattering in case none of their ideas work. When it comes to exercise, we hear only one thing: “wo walk krlena roz thori si, dekhna aese fit faat hojao gi”, this is mostly the suggestion for obese girls and when it comes to already thin people, there’s this awkward silence and then comes the expert advice “tumhe exercise ki kia zarurat, pehle hi kamzor ho, khoob meetha khao aur fruit shakes pina, aik dum jaan aye gi”, wish it were that simple aunty jee.
We need exertion if our weight loss or gain efforts are to work and an exercise routine that goes beyond the traditional walking and does magic for both weight loss and weight gain is HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training as it helps lose the inches, gain muscle and tone up our body and our most honest advice from Nutright, HIIT is the seasons’ workout for you.
HIIT And Why You Need It?
High Intensity Interval Training is being adopted by all fitness trainers, because of its potential to burn maximum calories in minimum time, and boy does this workout leave you sweating and panting like Sharukh Khan in an action scene (of course without the bleeding and bruises). The fun thing about an HIIT session is that it doesn’t require any equipment like heavy gym stuff but weights and strength training equipment can be incorporated in the workout as per your requirement. HIIT can be done with aerobics, Pilates, skipping, running, dancing etc., basically anything that gets you moving.
HIIT includes simple but painfully effective moves like burpees, push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, squats and other aerobic moves, which help in:
- Losing Fat
- Gaining Muscle
- Increasing Metabolism
- Toning the flabs of fat
- Making you look hotter (just saying)
How HIIT works?
HIIT focuses on high reps for a short but rapid interval of time and then taking a few moments off for rest then getting right back to it, this “interval” workout basically makes the muscles move faster than we lazy bums usually move them, accelerates the heart rate and creates oxygen shortage which the body tries to recover in the rest period. After every high rep interval and after the whole workout in general which lasts about 30 minutes or so, the body because of this oxygen mechanism creates the afterburn effect and is the reason why this workout will burn more fat and calories than the regular workouts.
Effective HIIT Workouts For Beginners
Every HIIT session requires a warm-up session, the warm-up could be a cardio boot for about 5 minutes followed by some stretching. Some of the easy, yet painful and effective HIIT workouts which can be done by anyone includes already designed workout plans by popular trainers and these are available on the internet so no excuses accepted. Some fun and adjustable to your needs and body HIIT plans are:
- HIIT workouts by Blogilates
- Treadmill Running HIIT workout
- Circuit Training HIIT workout
- Cycling HIIT workout
- Dancing HIIT workout
Another fun fact about HIIT is that you can create your own <just throw in the moves you love> do em high rep and voila! You have your customized routine. So want to give it a try and be your own trainer?