HIIT Workout Plus Strength Training and Running
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is hugely popular and undoubtedly effective. But what if there was an even better way to work out? Read how HIIT, strength training, and running combine for the ultimate workout plan.
What is a HIIT workout?
As the name suggests, HIIT workouts involve short (typically no more than 1 minute) but high-intensity (>80% max. heart rate) bouts of exercise, followed by active recovery (∼60% max. heart rate). The interval-recovery cycle is repeated several times for a total workout of approximately 20 minutes. The typical interval to recovery ratio is 1:1 or 1:2, meaning that for every 30-second interval, active recovery is between 30 and 60 seconds long, but of course, there are exceptions.
HIIT has become a global phenomenon. It was listed as the number one fitness trend between 2014 and 2018 and remains in the top 10 in 2022 . But its increased popularity, especially extreme variations of HIIT, has led to concern over increased injury rates.
Although HIIT workouts are a time-efficient way to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, if you want to focus on improving bone density and flexibility, other kinds of workouts would be more effective than HIIT.
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