The once a week workout that works

High-intensity interval training is the latest trend to hit the fitness world and it could be all you need to lose those last 5 kilos in no time at all.

HIIT-lifestyleWhat is high-intensity interval training?

High-intensity interval training is all about the cardio. With sessions ranging from 4 to 30 minutes, these short intense workouts are designed specifically to improve your body’s athletic and fat burning abilities.

How does it work?

High-intensity interval training uses everyday movements like pushing, pulling, lunging, bending and squatting and supercharges them in a quick work out that can easily be fitted into even the busiest schedules. The best part, of course, is that it’s great for all fitness levels. High-intensity interval training allows you to exercise your body in a natural way which means that you are only restricted by your own physical limit. Just remember you’re stronger than you think.

How does my body benefit?

By focusing on exercises that are based on everyday activities and are easy to do, in just a 30 minutes you could burn up to 500 calories. It is this burst of activity that increases your body’s ability to burn off carbs by speeding up your glucose metabolism. By doing this you can train your body and give it the support it needs to do all the work on its own even when you’re not exercising.

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Where can I do high- intensity interval training?

If your starting out it’s worth joining a class, if not for the motivational aspect alone, then to make sure you’re doing the movement’s right. Select Virgin Active gyms nationwide are currently offering “The Grid” which guarantees a smile once you reach the end of the session. You can also join in on a Les Mills Grit class, offered at Planet Fitness for something a little more intense.

DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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