With gym’s set to remain closed for the time being, HIIT training could be the perfect home workout exercise plan to keep the pounds at bay.  Nuffield Health’s Senior Personal Trainer, Phil Goulding, explains what HIIT training is, what it’s good for and when to use it.

HIIT training stands for High Intensity Interval Training – a form of cardiovascular exercise. It is great for those who are short on time. A typical HIIT session, not including your warm up, would last a maximum of 20 minutes.

HIIT training leads to greater EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) when compared to continuous exercise. This means after you have finished exercising, your body will continue to burn calories at a higher rate than normal. The evidence base is small. At least one study has shown that you can match the training effect in less time using a proper HIIT protocol.

There have also been studies done which show that HIIT is a great way of improving your VO2 Max. This is essentially a measurement of how fit you are. It is linked to all-cause mortality (your chance of dying). Those with a higher VO2 max have a lower risk of death compared to their peers.

HIIT can essentially be used by anyone. Although if you have recently had a Health MOT  you should look to improve your fitness and other health markers before embarking on a HIIT training programme.

If you’re feeling fit and well, why not try the class above?

Or why not try these eight exercises to get beach body beautiful here. 

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