Virtually everyone who exercises wants to get the most benefits in the least amount of time.
Not all exercises are created equal in this regard, and it’s become quite clear that focusing on slow endurance-type exercises, such as running on a treadmill, is both time-consuming and not likely to give you the results you’re after.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT), on the other hand, offers the best of both worlds: it’s quick and incredibly effective, offering maximized calorie burn, optimized fat burning and other benefits (like increased production of human growth hormone (HGH), also known as “the fitness hormone”).
The American College of Sports Medicine, which recommends 20 minutes of more vigorous activity three days per week, even notes that HIIT workouts tend to burn 6 percent to 15 percent more calories compared to other workouts, thanks to the calories you burn after you exercise.1
Even for HIIT, however, there are variations among workouts, and it’s important to find one that works right for you. If you’re very fit and want to take your workout to the next level, Tabata Training is one HIIT workout to try.
It’s extreme, so it’s not for everyone, but even those who aren’t super fit can benefit from doing a toned-down version.