High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training (popularly known as HIIT), is a form of rigorous workout alternating short periods of intense exercise with less

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High intensity interval training (popularly known as HIIT), is a form of rigorous workout alternating short periods of intense exercise with less intense recover periods. The biggest benefit of HIIT is that you can get the benefits of endurance workouts in a shorter duration.

But how can a short intensity workout be as beneficial as a longer workout? It is a debatable topic. A lot of research has been done in the field of HIIT over the past two decades. Research suggests that the benefit that an athlete gets by an endurance training of one hour can be derived in 15 minutes of HIIT. The reason is that HIIT gives a boost to your metabolism and the heart pumps as mush blood as it can to supply oxygen to the body. The body reaps the benefits of HIIT even after the workout because the metabolism is still very high.

Izumi Tabata, a Japanese professor of physiology has contributed a lot in the field of HIIT. He used interval training to enhance the performance of athletes. Today, even long distance runners are using this method to increase their speed. Tabata’s research suggests that endurance training with low or moderate intensity is good. But what is even better is doing intense workout for 20 seconds followed by an interval of 10 seconds and so on for just a few minutes a day. This improves anaerobic fitness of an athlete by 28 percent compared to regular endurance training.

HIIT is not only popular because of its health benefits but also because it is time-efficient. You might not be able to take out an hour every day to exercise and stay fit but you can always take out 10-15 minutes.

Life at SIIB is very hectic. I do not have time to follow my passion, how can I take out time to exercise? And anyway exercising everyday makes me feel tired. But on the other hand, a good workout has a lot of benefits. It produces hormones such as dopamine and serotonin that make a person happy.

Who doesn’t feel good after a good workout? Everybody does. So why not take a step forward and exercise for 10-15 minutes a day? Anyway, we didn’t come to SIIB just to study but to develop holistically.

Participating in sports is a great form of exercise. Apart from that, teamwork and diversity management is not something that you learn within the four walls of the classroom. What you learn in the classroom is theory but what you learn outside is all practical.

So, take some time out every day and exercise. Working out for as much as 10 minutes a day is good enough. Consistency is the key. Never make excuses and just work out!

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    The body also needs its rest, and sleep is extremely important in any health regimen. There should be three main things: eating, exercise and sleep. All three together in the right balance make for a truly healthy lifestyle 🙂

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