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If you’re anything like me, running on a treadmill just doesn’t provide much satisfaction in your workout. Despite being a track athlete during college, I can tell you now, I don’t miss the running component one bit.

But, I hear you ask, without cardio, how do we train to burn calories?

I introduce to you H I I T; high intensity interval training.

HIIT describes any workout that alternates between bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest.

Basically, you are always manipulating your heart rate and muscles so that your body is never in a comfortable state. Doing exercises that require short bursts of energy, power and strength will help the larger “fast-twitch” muscle fibres that help to increase muscle mass and improve your physique.

Advantages of HIIT Training:

  1. It’s efficient! Workouts can be as short as 15 minutes and are proven to increase your metabolism. There’s no excuse for missing a gym session now.
  2. Burns more calories! HIIT training has been proven in numerous studies to burn more calories than a steady-pace run.
  3. No machinery required! A typical HIIT circuit can be done anywhere and uses your own body weight.

There are so many exercises that can be incorporated into a HIIT workout, you’ll never tire or get bored with the same routine. Start with something easy and work your way up, your body will thank you for it!