HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and I started it this week because I designed an information board for the gym on this subject, and some of the research was very interesting.
According to studies, you can lose 2% body fat in eight weeks, or up to six times more body fat than if you stuck to a steady-state cardio regime, and burn 100 more calories over the following 24 hours.
So I'm doing intervals to test it out! If you fancy joining me, I'm using a stationary bike. I can usually cycle for 30 minutes at level 12 (on our make of bike - 25 is the maximum level). So I chose levels 10 and 14 - you will need to change the levels to suit your circumstances.
Make sure you warm up! And - disclaimer - if you feel sick or dizzy or faint, please slow down, stop and take a drink! You may need to build up to the speeds and intensities I've suggested. If you don't do too much exercise at the moment, only increase the level by 2 for the intense sets.
- Cycle for one minute at level 10 at a pretty easy speed- ie. 65 rpm
- Then 1 minute at level 14, 75-80 rpm
- Then 1 further minute at level 14, trying to hit 95-100 rpm
- Repeat 6 times, taking 21 minutes altogether
I don't have any expectations, I just thought it would be an interesting experiment, and I had nothing else to post today!
I'll let you know how I get on!