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The HIIT Craze: Why You Should Take Part

By Virginia Laird

HIIT workouts have become the newest fad in the world of fitness. Many people may find themselves wondering what the craze is all about. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. This style of workout has gurus in the fitness circle scrambling to add the challenge to their routines. Some people are still unsure as to whether this type of workout may be in their future. Considering the benefits, many of those who are uncertain may soon find their way to a class. The benefits to the HIIT exercise plan include:

  • Intervals burn fat
  • It boosts metabolism
  • Interval training builds muscle

Intervals Burn Fat

It is no secret that interval training burns fat. The theory behind interval training is that working the body hard for short periods of time can do more good than a steady longer workout. Whether it is an official HIIT exercise or an interval program in general, this can be the best type of workout to get the body in shape.

It Boosts Metabolism

High-intensity workouts can boost a person’s metabolism. Taking in more oxygen during a shorter period of time can help boost the metabolism more than the oxygen intake during a steady slower exercise. This makes interval training ideal for someone trying to lose weight. Another benefit is that a well-functioning metabolism is key to weight loss.

Interval Training Builds Muscle

Having a high metabolism can assist in building lean muscles. Research suggests that working out hard for a short period of time helps the muscles to burn off unwanted fat as well as tone muscles. The HIIT style workout is a full body workout, which allows for every muscle in the body to be worked.

If you have been anywhere near a fitness facility in the last couple of months, you have probably witnessed the excitement surrounding the HIIT class. While you are certain to feel the burn for a few days following the workout, you may decide the struggle is worth the results.

As always, if you are someone who struggles with back or joint pain, it is wise to consult a chiropractor before diving into a high-impact and high intensity class. Once you get the green light to jump in, you are certain to fall in love with the results this class has to offer.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greensboro, N.C.

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