These days, every runner seems to be talking about High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and the reason why is important. HIIT may be just what you’re looking for to increase the effectiveness of your runs and other exercises. What makes High-Intensity Interval Training so special? The benefits seem to keep piling up, but first, let’s talk a little about what HIIT really is.
It refers to any exercise that includes working out at a normal pace and intensity, then moving on to exercise with a high level of intensity, and finishes by returning back to your normal intensity. For runners, this can mean 5-10 minutes of running at normal speed, 5-10 minutes of running with increased speed, and then 5-10 minute at your normal pace. The amount of time spent on HIIT is up to you, so these numbers are definitely not set in stone (especially if you’re just starting HIIT). The number of days per week you choose to perform High-Intensity Interval Training is also based upon your capabilities and limitations, not to mention how much time you have for exercise. High-Intensity Interval Training may not be for everyone, especially those who are more susceptible to injury or those who have a history of heart conditions. It is important to speak with a professional beforehand if you aren’t sure if HIIT is right for you. With that being said, let’s now take a look at some of the perks runners are receiving from High-Intensity Interval Training.