Ok guys, put on your standardize test taking hats, its time for a quiz:
If a 45 minute workout on the treadmill burns 400 calories, and a 15 minute interval workout burns 250 calories, which one is better?
It seems like simple math, right? Better clear the schedule, we’ve got a 45 minute workout in the books.
The treadmill workout most certainly burns more calories during the workout, but calorie burn during the workout is only part of the equation. The missing piece is something called EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption), more commonly called ‘after burn.’
The interval workout, or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), puts your body in a state of oxygen debt that it has to do some work to recover from. This means that even after the workout, even while you’re sleeping, your body is working to restore to resting state. What does your body use for energy while it is working to restore itself? Fat. Your body breaks down fat storage and turns it into fatty acids that are released in the bloodstream for recovery. Your fat is at risk for up to 38 hours POST workout. Poor, poor fat. Just kidding…that’s so awesome!
So what exactly is a HIIT workout and what do you need to do one? The good news is, most require no equipment other than your body and you can fit them in almost anywhere you are. 15 minutes of HIIT training can set you up for a whole day of fat burning. Quick and portable, too? Are you convinced yet?
Some great HIIT workouts that I love include:
These are great options to add to your weight training workouts or just do on their own. Look out fat, HIIT is coming for ya!