What is HIIT?

In this YouTube video, The Health Nerd takes a look at what HIIT is and what it does. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training.

This exercise methodology entails working as hard as you can for a short period, followed by a short rest, and then repeating the process for a set time. The rest and work period intervals can be as long or short as preferred. Most workouts last between four and 20 minutes.


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The methodology works with any exercise as long as it’s done with intensity. Rest periods can be done with walking, jogging, or stretching. There are many benefits to this.

People will save time at the gym, so it’s easier to fit into a schedule. No equipment is needed to have a good workout, so going to the gym isn’t always necessary. A person can add variety by switching up the exercises done, as long as the protocol is followed. Many people seem to be able to keep up with it. People have improved oxygen retention at high levels of intensity. Some believe this workout type helps with improved oxygen consumption after the fact. A HIIT exercise burns as many calories as a regular 60-minute cardio exercise, potentially burning more body fat.

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