Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/14/2014 -- The buzz in cardio training recently has been all about High- Intensity Interval Training, which is cardio that alternates between very high-intensity periods of exercise and low-intensity movements or complete rest. While intense, participants get a decent work out in a shorter amount of time which makes this an appealing workout style for those struggling to find time at the gym. Though many HIIT workouts are done in classes, this type of exercise can really be done anywhere on any piece of equipment.
If classes aren’t available, a person can create their own HIIT workout using the treadmill or elliptical machines. The only thing one needs is the ability to spend at least 30 minutes engaged in a low to moderate bout of cardiovascular activity on either machine. If that is the case, follow these steps for a personalized HIIT workout.
Spend the first five minutes of the workout prepping the body for exercise. Pedaling on the elliptical at a low to moderate pace, or a medium-paced walk will warm up the muscles and get the heart ready for action. At the end of this period, begin to play with the resistance and incline levels, and begin to increase speed or combine these settings to push the body into the higher-intensity mode.
HIIT workouts consist of alternating high and low intensities for suggested periods of time. During the shorter phase, the workout should be the maximum level at which one can push themselves. During the longer, less intense phases the body recovers from the high intensity training and prepares to work again.
It’s suggested that beginners work 30 seconds high intensity, then at a slower pace for 2 minutes before alternating back to the higher pace. Intermediate workouts can lower the recovery phase to 1 minute and 30 seconds or even just a minute if they’re really pushing themselves. But by using this guideline, we can create a HIIT workout almost anywhere in the world that will help push the body and improve overall fitness and health levels.
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