One of the best ways to jolt your body out of a fitness or weight loss rut is to do HIIT training. High-Intensity Interval Training alternates between high bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense training. During these higher bursts of activity, you take your body to the max of what it is capable.
You will see results with HIIT. It is efficient and burns a lot more calories in a shorter period of time. The American College of Sports Medicine discovered that "two weeks of HIIT improves aerobic capacity as much as 6-8 weeks of endurance training."
Not only will you burn more calories, but you burn more fat in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout then a steady pace workout. HIIT increases your fat burning potential! With steady pace workouts, you are likely to lose muscle along with fat, but with HIIT workouts, you will maintain and increase muscle mass. Your heart is working harder with interval training, therefore becoming stronger and increasing your heart health.
Did you know? HIIT workouts increase levels of the Human Growth Hormone during the 24 hours after your workout. HGH slows down the aging process and increases caloric burn.
You will find that your "normal" pace or activity becomes a sinch after these short bursts of high activity. When what you did before becomes easy, this is a sign that you are increasing your aerobic capasity. And the great thing about HIIT is that you can do it just about anywhere!
I love mixing things up on the treadmill. Here is my latest treadmill workout, which includes High-Intensity Interval Training for high calorie burning in just 45 minutes!
HIIT will be challenging, you may feel like your lungs are on fire, like want to die, but you definitely won't be bored. And most importantly, you will see results.