There’s one workout that will get you fit and strong fast, helping you maintain your gains for longer – even when you take a break from exercise.
If you haven’t added HIIT to your routine, now’s a great time to take action. Recent research shows a good HIIT workout can be the ultimate one-stop-shop for all-around exercise results. It can deliver remarkable strength, lean muscle mass and aerobic fitness gains–fast. And here’s the clincher...this fascinating new study suggests the strength and lean muscle gains you get from HIIT could have more sticking power than the gains acquired by other types of training.
These findings come after researchers delved into whether short-term, single-mode exercise can improve physical fitness before a period of reduced physical activity. Specifically, they wanted to know the optimal way for middle-aged men to get in shape before an operation and stay fit and healthy during the post-operation recovery period.
During the study, participants did three morning workouts each week. Some did only resistance exercise, some did only endurance exercise,and somedidonly HIIT. The HIIT sessions varied between 13 and 23 minutes, whereas the resistance and endurance workouts were considerably longer. After six weeks, all participants spent 2.5 weeks ‘detraining’, which meantall their structured exercise efforts were put on hold.