Lots of people (myself included!) have touted the benefits of high-intensity interval training (hiit for short). And you know why?
Because it’s great!
You burn a huge amount of calories in a shorter amount of time, and you keep burning calories even after your workout is done!
However, you don’t have to do hiit training in order to lose weight. According to recent research, lower intensity training is another totally viable option
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Low Intensity Workouts Are Great For Weight Loss
Canadian researchers have done an experiment where overweight subjects were split into two groups – one performing high intensity workouts for a short amount of time and the other performing low intensity workouts for a much longer workout. Do you know what they found? Both groups burned almost the same amount of calories from their different workouts, and lost the same amount of weight as a result. And they also lost a similar amount of fat.
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It’s an important thing to remember, because people who are intimidated by hiit workouts should know that they can easily workout at lower intensity and lose the same amount of weight.
It’s a trade-off, either you want to work out more intensely for shorter periods of time, or work out at a lower intensity for longer periods of time. Either way, you’re going to lose the same amount of weight, it’s just about which is more comfortable for you.
One thing that’s worth pointing out is that in that study, the subjects who used hiit exercise did have lower glucose levels than those who did lower intensity exercises.
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And since high blood glucose has been linked with diabetes, if you’re at all at risk for diabetes then maybe hiit training is better for you.
But if not, this is a great refresher that the holy grail of exercising is not hiit, it’s exercising at all.
You don’t have to push yourself to the max in order to get the results you want, far from it. You can exercise at a much lower intensity for a longer period of time and obtain the same results.
It’s all about whatever feels right for you, and at the end of the day, if you’ve made it to the gym and done your workout, you’ve already won the battle.
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