What Is High-Intensity Interval Training?


High-intensity interval training (HIIT) refers to any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity (anaerobic activity) and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. An example of this type of exercise is running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes. Repeat this 3-minute interval five times for a 15-minute workout.

7 advantages of HIIT include:

1) Time Efficient
2) Better Fat Burning
3) Gain Muscle
4) No Equipment Necessary
5) Healthier Heart
6) Increased Metabolism
7) Do It Anywhere

WFP’s Advice:

I have personally added high-intensity interval training to my routine and really have seen its value. While traditional aerobic exercise has its benefits, anaerobic exercise has really been forgotten. In many ways, it is superior to traditional exercise in that it dramatically  improves muscle composition, heart health, brain health, lung capacity, along with a number of benefits. Looking at the differences between sprinters and marathon runners shows the different manifestations of these two polar opposite approaches. It really should be part of everybody’s routine, along with aerobic exercise, weight training, yoga, Pilates, and other forms of exercise that work different aspects of the body. The greatest advantage of HIIT, in my opinion, is time efficiency as it only takes 15–20 minutes to complete. You can really do this with any form of exercise and you can do it anywhere. For example, I often cycle for 1 minute as hard as I can (or 85%) then bring it down to 25 % or rest for 2 minutes. I do this routine for 15 minutes. Good luck 😉