Top 2 Reasons to use HIIT for Cranking out your Cardio
Cardiovascular training is a necessary component of any sound physical fitness program. Whether you are a bodybuilder, a power lifter, an Olympic weight lifter or your average everyday gym rat, including cardiovascular work as a part of your daily routine will prove to be invaluable for you and your goals. Often times the thought of having to perform cardio sessions leads people to feeling less than excited to do so and it quickly falls into the category of being labeled as a necessary evil due to the nature of the act itself. The fact of the matter is though, that cardio does not have to be lengthy and mundane. It can be a relatively quick endeavor and an incredibly significant component of your overall efforts to improve which is why I highly recommend incorporating HIIT (high intensity interval training) into your training program. Here’s why!
With busy schedules and the act of trying to balance work and life, we only have so many minutes in our day to devote to our fitness. Knowing that proper nutrition, weight training and cardio all go hand in hand and knowing that there will be some days when because of time restraints, you’re going to have to choose to do only two of the three, most times it’s the cardio that goes by the wayside. Well I’m here to tell you that by using HIIT you won’t have to make that decision and all three can easily be attained. The main principle of which this type of workout is based upon involves short bursts of high intensity based cardiovascular work that only has to be maintained for a short duration of time. So with that in mind, you can stop looking at your cardio sessions as marathons and instead look at them as a very fast and efficient way to get done what needs to get done.
Probably the best reason to incorporate this style of cardio into your life would be for the “afterburn” effects it has on our body post workout. The afterburn is what’s known as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). Due to the nature of HIIT, it creates an internal environment in which our body is still working in overdrive hours after the cardio session itself has been completed. Because of this heightened internal activity, our metabolism is significantly increased and our ability to burn unwanted fat substantially improves. This process can last for up to 48 hours post workout even if you decide to do nothing else physically in that time.
At the very least, you must look at your cardio as a way to maintain overall health. If performance and body image don’t matter to you then it’s still necessary for optimizing your abilities to carry out other functions in your life. Using HIIT for cardio just makes it easier for you to fit in amongst all of the other responsibilities you have to take care of daily. So when you can find time, and you’ll be able to now, throw on your new Super Freak Premium Red Hightop Cardio Sneakers, hop up on that stepmill and crank out some cardio like you’ve never done before!
Author: Dana Bushell
AST Sports Science sponsored athlete/writer, Sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc.