HIIT vs steady state cardio
Throughout this article, I’m going to attempt to show you the importance of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) as opposed to the more traditional methods of cardiovascular training.
High Intensity Interval Training is just what it says it is, performing very high intensity intervals for a short period of time. To explain why HIIT is so important for fat loss and calorie burning, we first need to delve a little deeper into steady state cardio. Steady state cardio is by far the most popular form of cardiovascular training, but why? It could simply be that it is one of the simpler workouts to complete, however, there are a number of other factors that contribute to it’s popularity. The risk for injury involved with completing steady state cardio workouts are low, which means the risk to reward ratio is quite high. You can complete the walks / light runs with a friend to catch up and socialize or simply complete them to clear your head. It has been hammered into our brains from a young age that the key to weight loss and health is through running and other aerobic activities, however, this is where I come in to show you another method that is more effective and rewarding.
To say it simply, steady state cardio training will help you burn a certain amount of fat and calories in the time that you are actually exercising, but after the workout, your body will return to it’s normal state. It has been documented that steady state training burns approximately 50% of fat for energy while training, which to be honest, isn’t bad. Although from this exercise, that’s all you will achieve. Now, let’s move onto HIIT.
As mentioned above, steady state cardio will only burn fat and calories during the workout. Meaning, as soon as you stop your workout, the fat burning process effectively stops. In contrast, HIIT will spike your metabolism and keep it spiked for the rest of the day, often up to 24 hours! This means that you will continue to burn calories and fat for up to 24 hours after your workout! During HIIT training, it won’t burn as much fat during the workout as steady state cardio, however, it is burned AFTER the workout and continues for the rest of the day. It’s a powerful method to burn those unwanted calories and start stripping fat!
It’s important to note though, that you need to do the exercise that you enjoy. If you have a passion for steady state cardio and you enjoy it a lot more than HIIT, then keep doing what you have a passion for. It could be something as simple as playing a game of tennis or going for a light run to clear your head. However, if you would like to step up your cardio training and see some impressive results, keep in mind what I have written here and give HIIT a try next time. Head on over to www.thetransformationpro.com to get in touch with me to tailor your very own workout program and nutrition plan and to see some of my HIIT programs.
Best of luck,