There have been numerous studies showing that there are greater benefits from this type of training over exercising at a steady pace for longer periods of time. It enables you to lose weight faster than steady exercise, it increases your bodies ability to use oxygen faster, thus improving your aerobic fitness more rapidly and it also improves your endurance. One of the main factors that is making it so popular is that it takes less time.
A common reason people don’t exercise is that they can’t find enough time to do it. High Intensity Interval Training takes less time but has greater benefits than exercising at a constant pace for longer. This means that people with busy lives are generally more likely to start and stick to the more intensive type of training.
Method of exercise
- The level of intensity and frequency in your workouts should vary depending on how used to working out you are when you first start training. If you are a beginner exerciser you should start slowly and work your way up to greater intensities.
- One minute sprinting with 1 minute walking or slow jogging is the best way to begin training. When you first start out you may want to increase your rest time to 1.5 minutes and over time bring that time down. If you can keep your rest time on par or just above your exercise time you will get maximum benefits. You can do this for anywhere between 5 and 10 repetitions.
- You will find that how hard you can train will vary, some days you will be able to do more repetitions than others, depending on how much exercise you have done before that day or what you have eaten.
- Sprinting isn't necessarily the only form of exercise you can do, you can get the same benefits from swimming, using a rowing machine or other trainer in the gym. As long as you are pushing your major lower and upper body muscle groups to maximum intensity for intense periods then you will experience the benefits.
Having a more muscular physique actually helps to burn fat easier as excess calories consumed by your body are required by the muscles rather than being stored as fat.