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Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat

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Exercising is essential for losing weight and keeping your body healthy. But with so many different choices, how do you pick a good workout routine?

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We base our classes on high-intensity training. Why? HIIT is recognized as the best exercise for losing weight and burning fat. It incorporates an intense effort for a quick burst, followed by a period of active recovery.

The harder you try during intervals, the more effective your body becomes at torching calories—both during and after your class.

Want to try a HIIT class? Try a free week at Farrell’s Des Moines.

12 Benefits of HIIT

HIIT workouts are quick and are convenient for your schedule. Even better is how your body responds after you’re done.

These workouts create afterburn by increasing your metabolic rate. Simply put, you continue to burn calories after finishing your workout—even while laying on the couch!

HIIT workouts increase muscle and speed up your metabolism. This helps your body burn fat for extended periods of time.

Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT:

  1. Burns more calories more quickly
  2. Creates endurance
  3. Strengthens cardiovascular health
  4. Improves blood vessel function
  5. Promotes blood sugar regulation
  6. Increases oxygen use
  7. Decreases resting heart rate and blood pressure
  8. Undoes age-related muscle decline
  9. Triggers human growth hormone production
  10. Expands fast-twitch muscles
  11. Improves brain function
  12. Helps anxiety and depression

Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important?

12-Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home

Not by a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve made a basic yet effective HIIT workout you can do in your living room. And you don’t need any equipment!

Complete each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds between each set. Repeat this circuit twice.

  1. Jump Squats
  2. Push-ups
  3. Burpees
  4. Alternating Side Lunges
  5. Mountain Climbers
  6. Plank

Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works!

Lose Weight and Burn Fat with FXB

If you want to burn body fat, build muscle and better your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into short, convenient workouts.

Want to get started with an enjoyable and effective workout? Explore group fitness HIIT classes at a Farrell’s near you!

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