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Fitness fads come and go; sometimes they are worthwhile and sometimes they prove utterly ridiculous. The newest flavour of the week in fitness circles is seemingly High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

HIIT is basically an enhanced version of interval training, with short intensive periods of cardio, moderate level exercise and periods of rest. There is no specific formula to HIIT, but it’s the variation of levels that make it a great workout that can be done in a relatively short period of time.

Traditionally we’ve been told that endurance exercise, undertaken for long periods of time, is the best fat burner but new studies are suggesting that this new method is just as effective.

The benefits of HIIT are;

• Efficiency. It’s quick and great for achieving maximum results in short periods of time.

• Builds stamina.

• Cheap. You don’t need a gym membership or expensive equipment.

• Burns fat not muscle.

Try alternating a fast run/sprint (30-60 seconds) with a fast walk (90 seconds) with brief rest periods throughout!


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