Lol, insert emoji here– I know what you’re thinking!
Get your head out of the gutter, this is a real game changer! HIIT workouts, short for High Intensity Interval Training, is no joke if you are doing it correctly. HIIT is not a new concept. In recent media it seems HIIT is all the rave, stating that all you need is “4 minutes a day” to get the same workout results as an hour of moderate exercise.
**If you are like, “What is HIIT Training”? Back the truck up and read my article, “HIIT This!” or Nicole’s article, “High Intensity Interval Training- Don’t Let the Name Scare You“.
Is it true? Many studies show that indeed it is. Good news right? Well, I don’t know about you but 4 minutes just doesn’t feel like a workout to me? So, most of us will set out to do a 45 to an hour workout using the HIIT method. In fact, most HIIT classes offered at the gym are at least 30 -45 minutes in duration. Come on, if you’re reading this article you know what I am talking about!
Side note, it is recommended that HIIT workouts are no more than 20 minutes per day performed 2x per week!
But, if you are HIIT training more than this, make sure you are doing a fair amount of cross-training and refueling your body correctly post workout. But what if you’re doing day after day of HIIT training? How do you recovery your body in effort to bring the same workout intensity to each session?
First, as mentioned before, cross-training is the #1 key to injury prevention and adrenal fatigue syndrome. For more detail on cross-training read, “How I learned the Importance of Cross-Training“. Adrenal fatigue can happen as a result of too little sleep, poor diet, substance abuse and stress at home or work. Now, add multiple days of physical stress from HIIT training on top? It can happen more quickly than you think!
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms Are:
• Trouble Getting Out of Bed
• Cronic Tiredness Even After You Get Out of Bed in the Morning
• Trouble Thinking Clearly or Finishing Tasks
The second factor is making sure you have adequate rest days. Most fitness professionals recommend an active recovery, restorative or even, yes, a rest day, post HIIT focused days. Active recovery can be a walk, a light bike ride, beach volleyball with friends… you know, something to get you moving but not over-doing it. Restorative options include meditation, Thai Chi, yoga… beware of the hot power flow—killer! These are the best options if you are really sore post workout. You can actively bring fresh blood flow and nutrients to heal your muscles faster than just doing nothing. Rest is still a proven recovery tool. Best advice is “listen to your body”.
The most important factor, however, to recovering from HIIT training is Nutrition. Now, I am not a nutritionist. So, I won’t pretend that I am. But I do know there is a method to the madness based on what Your goals are for fitness. Check out this article, “Recovering from HIIT,” from the WholesomeHealing.com website. Great nutrition information for performance improvement or body composition transformation goals post HIIT training.
You can also check out this “Introduction on Nutrition for HIIT Training” from the Daily HIIT!
With the right knowledge and tools you can and will transform your body using the power of HIIT Training. For more information on popular HIIT workouts or why HIIT is so powerful, check out THIS LIST of article on our FitScene.us site!
Now, go HIIT it!