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Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat

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Staying fit is necessary for losing weight and keeping your body healthy. But with plenty of different methods, how do you find the best workout routine?

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We model 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 push during intervals, the more effective your body becomes at using calories—both during and after your workout.

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

12 Benefits of HIIT

HIIT exercises are quick and fit with for your life. Even better is how your body acts after class is over.

These classes lead to afterburn by expanding your metabolic rate. Simply put, you keep burning calories after completing your workout—even while relaxing on the couch!

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

Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT:

  1. Burns more calories in less time
  2. Creates endurance
  3. Strengthens cardiovascular functions
  4. Improves blood vessel activity
  5. Promotes blood sugar management
  6. Increases oxygen intake
  7. Lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure
  8. Undoes age-related muscle decline
  9. Stimulates human growth hormone creation
  10. Expands fast-twitch muscles
  11. Benefits 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 near a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve made a basic yet effective HIIT workout you can do almost anywhere. And you don’t need any equipment!

Complete each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds between each move. Do 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, add muscle and improve your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into quick, convenient workouts.

Want to get started with a fun and effective workout? Check out group fitness HIIT classes at a Farrell’s near you!

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