HIIT is extremely effective when it comes to fat loss and increasing your fitness.
HIIT is where your body works hard for a set period of time, then rests for a set period of time, for a total of X amount of minutes. This type of training (intense bursts of exercise) increases your fat burning potential compared to that of longer bouts of cardio.
During HIIT, our bodies use up a lot of energy that comes from our carbohydrate/glycogen stores. It uses these stores first (rather than our fat stores) as they release at a faster rate to keep up with the energy required for the intense workout.
Due to what is called ‘higher exercise post oxygen consumption -EPOC’ (the body’s natural ability to return to normal after exercise), or also known as the ‘afterburn effect’, fat burning continues for approx 2 hours after your workout. Now, I don’t know about you, but burning fat while i’m watching Netflix sounds pretty darn good!
Basically, after our intense exercise (this includes resistance training), fatty acids are released from our fat stores into our bloodstream, and these are used to fuel our body in order to bring it back to its normal state.
So, get ‘hiit’n’ Mamas!
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