In today’s ever-evolving fitness environment, multiple new workout regimens seem to appear overnight. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is one workout that has been rising in popularity the last few years, and claims to improve stamina, agility, and coordination.
HIIT workouts are known to have numerous benefits, with most targeting the flexibility and efficiency of the program. HIIT was designed to alternate between bursts of intense activity and less intense recovery periods. These workouts don’t require any type of equipment, so they can be done just about anywhere, but can also be completed in a gym or home gym setting. For instance, switch between walking and running on a treadmill. By walking for three minutes, running for two, and repeating three times, you can complete a calorie-burning workout in just 15 minutes. Some other benefits include:
- Increased metabolism
- Loss of fat, not muscle
- Prolonger fat burn
- Improves cardiovascular function
Although some studies have shown the benefits, some question the benefits of HIIT workouts, even going as far as stating they may not be safe for everyone. With the extreme nature of the workouts, the risk of chronic injuries is more common. Also, HIIT isn’t a typical program, where a trained professional teaches the proper form, techniques, and recovery methods. This puts beginners at a high risk of acute injuries. Some other risks include:
- Increased stress on the body
- May cause long-term joint and cartilage damage
- May lead to headaches, muscle weakness, nausea, and fainting
To help reduce some of these risks, make sure to have a proper prevention and recovery method for chronic conditions or acute injuries. Support and braces can help prevent injuries by providing stability.They can also aid in recovery by accelerating healing and reducing the risk of re-injury.
Always consult a medical professional prior to starting any new exercise program or if you experience prolonged pain or swelling.