As a beginner, you need to consider the following factors in determining whether high intensity interval training will work for you.
HIIT has been proven by loads of research to be remarkably effective at fat loss and improving heart health.
If you maintain a very busy schedule, you may not have the time to engage in some of the most common cardio exercises such as jogging.
However, with HIIT, you have the chance to burn even more calories than from engaging in low intensity cardio.
What is high intensity interval training?
HIIT consists of alternating very short periods of high exertion (on any cardio equipment, a staircase, on a track, street or hill, jumping rope) with one to three or so minutes of easy pacing.
This alternation is done over a 20 to 30 minute period in most cases, though you can go longer if you desire.
What else does your workout schedule entail? If your schedule also involves weights, an elaborate plan is required to balance the two.
Lifting weights, being a potentially strenuous activity, should be limited to no more than four times a week. This ensures your body has enough time to recover.
Your diet composition: The fact that you’re considering HIIT means that you’re likely looking wanting to lose body fat, and therefore most likely on a low calorie diet.
As a result of the intensity involved, you’ll need some energy; it’s therefore advisable to be aware of the possibility of inadequate calorie consumption.
Are you eating enough complex carbohydrates? To be successful in HIIT, your body must be in a position to produce the required energy level.
This energy can only come from the glucose produced after carbohydrates are broken down.
You should therefore ensure you’re not on a low carb diet, as this will limit your ability and activity level.
What’s your body’s recovery period?
As a result of the high intensity involved, your body will need sufficient recovery.
You should therefore ensure that your interval training sessions are well-staggered across the week, to allow for muscle healing.
Never compare yourself with your peers in the gym since different bodies have varying recovery periods. Such comparisons might make you feel inferior. Your focus should be on improving your fitness via high intensity interval training.