By Novia Liew
Feeling motivated and ready to burn off your weekend indulgence, but daunted by the thought of an hour’s run under the sun? Skip the jog and just HIIT it instead! Here are 3 key reasons why you should incorporate HIIT workouts in your fitness routine.
1. Burns calories efficiently
45 minutes of HIIT burns just as much or even more calories than your regular hour-long WeBarre Signature Multi-level class! Because of the intensity, your body consumes more oxygen post-HIIT for recovery, so you continue burning more calories 2-3 hours after your workout. For those of you who are time-crunched and finding the most efficient ways to workout, this one’s for you!
2. Lowers blood pressure
With the combination of high intensity and rest periods in HIIT, you may find it easier to push yourself to your maximum. That means you’re making the most out of every second of your workout. Plus, this dual process of explosive movement and rest also helps reduce the stiffness of the artery walls, leading to a reduction in blood pressure. Over time, this can help to lower the resting heart rate, improving overall health, and reduce the chances of developing a heart condition.
3. Increases your metabolism
Due to the high intensity of the workout, HIIT can elevate your metabolism for hours after your workout. In addition, HIIT stimulates the production of your human growth hormone (HGH). HGH not only increases caloric burn, it also slows down the aging process. It’s a win-win!
At the barre, we often alternate aerobic and resistance exercises during our HIIT classes. You know how we love keeping you on your toes! So what are you waiting for? Feel the magic of HIIT for yourself and we’ll see you at the barre!