If you are looking to include HIIT cardio training, be mindful of these five keys so you can maximize your results while reducing your risk of injury.
EASE IN GRADUALLY
HIIT GETS YOU LEANER AND FITTER FASTER WITHOUT SPENDING ONE SINGLE MINUTE MORE IN THE GYM.
You want to have a baseline level of aerobic fitness before you start adding intervals. Anyone who has done at least a month of cardio work for at least 20 minutes three times per week has a minimum level of cardio fitness. At that point, you may gradually include a few intervals into your workout; over time. increase the frequency.
To start, you probably can't do a full HIIT session. Do your regular steady-state cardio workout and simply add 2-3 intervals of about 30 seconds each into the mix.
CHOOSE AN EXERCISE MODE YOU ENJOY
If you hate running, then running intervals may not be your best choice. If you dislike a particular mode of training, chances are you won't stick with it for long. Choose a HIIT mode you can enjoy, and one that fits the training protocol.
BE MINDFUL OF LEG WORKOUTS
Structure your HIIT sessions so they don't interfere with your leg workouts in the gym, and vice-versa. If you do a heavy leg session in the gym, don't expect to perform HIIT the next day—at least not to your full ability.
FUEL UP PROPERLY
In your efforts to burn body fat, it's easy to neglect to fuel up before a HIIT workout, but that's a mistake! This isn't some run-of-the-mill cardio workout where you can hit the gym on an empty stomach and expect results.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Don't push it if you have a HIIT day scheduled but your body is fatigued and feels like it's in super-slow motion. If you're that tired, you are in need of a rest day
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