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If you are one of the many people who has looked up tips for losing weight or burning calories, odds are you have stumbled across HIIT. HIIT, short for ‘high-intensity interval training’, is one of the most common approaches to weight loss, calorie burning, or exercises to help you get in shape. The name is a pretty powerful one, but do not let yourself be intimidated by it. HIIT is simply the practice of alternating between short, intensified workout routines at your maximum heart rate and periods of rest (or a lighter exercise routine, if that is not too taxing on your body).
HIIT is something that can easily be done at the gym or at home provided you have the right equipment for those high-intensity intervals. Treadmills are perfect for interval trainers of any skill level because they have so many options for customized workouts in addition to pre-programmed workouts. Treadmill exercise is also great cardio, which is always a plus, and engages your muscles the same way that strength training does. There is no need to invest in a personal trainer or fitness instructor because these routines are so simple and straightforward.
Treadmills have been unfairly maligned over the years. Yes, it can become monotonous and tedious to do the same routine day after day, but the treadmill is not at fault here. It’s actually those cardio exercises that you are doing while using a treadmill that are the real culprit. Treadmills are great for both HIIT training and cardio exercises because they allow you to safely and steadily elevate your heart rate. Most are capable of monitoring your heart rate, such as the Life Fitness T5 Go Treadmill, making them a decent option for people who may struggle with jogging or brisk walking because of health conditions. Not to mention they put less stress on the body than other forms of exercise, including walking or running on a flat surface outdoors.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that it’s easy to create an HIIT training regimen using nothing more than a treadmill. Not only is it easy, it’s highly recommended, since HIIT training offers many of the same benefits of other types of exercise but in a shorter amount of time. Being more time efficient makes it capable of accommodating just about any lifestyle so you can still experience those benefits no matter how busy a lifestyle you lead. Other reasons for why the HIIT approach is arguably the best include:
The required or recommended time and intensity are going to vary greatly by factors such as age, weight, and fitness objectives (weight loss, blood pressure management, staying in shape, etc). Though they play a role in HIIT, incline and speed can also be adjusted to comfort level or personal preference. Any routine is going to follow the same basic pattern- warm up, workout, and cool down.
It takes a little time and experimentation to find the right workout for you. The trick is to find a setting that you can only do for roughly a minute. A newcomer might do better jogging at 5mph without an incline, while someone with more experience either running or doing HIIT could find more success at 10 mph with a slight incline. Keep going until you find something that makes you go all-out for a minute and leaves you breathless afterwards.
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