HOW TO CREATE A HIIT WORKOUT

Dan from Non-Athlete Fitness, where we provide simple and easy health & fitness tips for the unathletically inclined shared with Healthy Lombard that when he hit a plateau in his weight loss goals, he needed a workout to push me through.

A HIIT workout, also known as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout, helped him break through his fitness plateau and also reaffirmed his commitment to exercise and staying healthy.

Plus, he can perform a HIIT workout with or without equipment, so it’s a super convenient way for Dan to get a quick workout in.

WHAT IS AN HIIT WORKOUT?

HIIT is a workout training technique that alternates intervals of rest or low intensity with intervals of high-intensity exercises. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. The intensity level corresponds to how difficult the exercise feels.

Another way to measure workout intensity is to monitor your exercise heart rate. During the high-intensity intervals, aim to increase your heart rate between 90 and 95 percent of your maximum heart rate, MHR.

Calculate your high-intensity interval heart rate by subtracting your age from 220. Then, multiply the result by 90 percent. For example, 220 minus 40 equals 180. 180 multiplied by .90 equals 162. 162 beats per minute are the high-intensity interval target heart rate goal for a 40-year-old who participates in HIIT.

Wearing a heart rate monitor is the easiest way to keep track of your heart rate since HIIT training intervals are quick.

A high-intensity level feels as if you do not want to continue it for long. You will feel slightly breathless and are unable to carry on a conversation. If you are able to have a conversation, the workout intensity level is not high enough.

During the recovery intervals of lower intensity, you should feel your heart and breathing rates slowing down. You will be able to talk, but not able to sing. If you are able to sing, increase the intensity slightly.

To read Dan’s entire article, click here.

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