Why High Intensity Exercise is not for You
One of the latest crazes to hit the fitness industry is the idea of HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. While there are HIIT classes offered at a number of gyms across the country to help people achieve their weight loss goals, this high intensity training isn’t actually recommended for everyone. Here’s a look at a few of the reasons why high intensity exercise is most likely not for you.
Heightened Risk of Injury
Some HIIT exercises are performed with heavy fitness equipment that not everyone knows how to properly use. This is why your risk of injury while at the gym is increased if you are inexperienced and taking part in HIIT activities.
Not all fitness trainers are qualified to teach HIIT exercise methods and there really is no way to know if your trainer is qualified or not.
Less Weight Loss
Those who are looking to lose weight should opt for low intensity workouts instead of high intensity. This is because your body burns a higher percentage of calories from fat when put through a low intensity workout. With high intensity exercise, you may lose more overall calories but a lesser percentage of them will come from fat.
High intensity exercise is designed to push your body to the limits, which means it can take some time for your body to fully recover. This is why those who participate in HIIT are encouraged take a few days between workouts in order to let their bodies recover. Such a schedule that incorporates lengthy breaks isn’t typically recommended for those trying to achieve their short term weight loss goals.
While high intensity isn’t necessarily recommended for everyone trying to lose weight, it can work for some. Exercisers who are usually bored by traditional low intensity workouts may enjoy the mix of exercises involved in HIIT.
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