Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/10/2014 -- High-intensity interval training has been popularized in the fitness world, and for good reason. It’s a fantastic workout that can provide all over training in a short amount of time. But as fitness trends come and go, they often come with misconceptions and myths. Here are a few that we often hear regarding HIIT training and the truth behind them.
HIIT has been touted as a workout that everyone can do. While the classes are open to all, and accommodations can be made for different physical levels, the program isn’t something to just jump into. It’s better to start with a low-intensity aerobic workout when just beginning, then slowly work-up to a full HIIT session.
Many workout trends are often advertised as a “catch-all” way to lose weight and stay fit. A well designed fitness program will work both aerobic endurance and physical strength, but many don’t realize the importance of muscle in the fat-loss process. Basically, the more muscle tissue a person has, the more calories they will burn throughout the day – whether active or inactive. This is why HIIT type programs can be important, but they are not the only type of workout we need to improve fitness levels and lose weight.
Another common misconception with HIIT programs, and many other workouts, is that more equals better. While pushing the body is important to improve strength, giving the body plenty of time to rest and recover is just as important. Three times a week of high intensity activity will provide results and give a person time to rest and recover as well.
The basic rules of physical exercise are this: find what works best for each individual. Many benefit from HIIT type of programs, other bodies benefit from steady state cardio, but both exercise forms have benefits and drawbacks. Movement, moderation, and awareness of nutritional habits are what is truly important when we work towards improving health and fitness overall.
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