Q: Is High Intensity Interval Training more effective for weight loss than standard cardio like walking on a treadmill?
A: Absolutely. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) burns large quantities of calories during the workout and stimulates your base metabolism for several hours after your workout is over. That’s where it’s so different from standard cardio.
Walking on a treadmill with no incline or holding on while you’re inclined is certainly better than doing nothing, but it isn’t going to stimulate your base metabolism much unless you’ve been extremely sedentary. HIIT is demanding during the workout and requires a well-fueled recovery.
If you’re engaged in HIIT, provide yourself with nutritionally dense foods and get the required sleep afterward. That’s the downside of it. Too many people who are doing daily HIIT don’t recover well and that’s when nagging injuries start to appear.
It’s a good idea to rotate your cardio workouts. Day one use a HIIT workout. Day two rest from cardio or use a shortened standard cardio workout. Day three use a longer, intense cardio workout like hill sprints or walking on a full incline without holding on. On the fourth day, return to a HIIT workout. The combination of styles of cardio provides variety and helps prevent the physical and mental burnout that can sometimes accompany high intensity training.
God bless and keep training.
Daryl Laws is a certified personal trainer and owner of Body Unlimited Inc., 325 Holly Hill Lane, Burlington, NC 27215. Contact him at 336-538-0012 or email@example.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BodyUnlimited.