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HIIT sweat and lose weight

HIIT sweat and lose weight

The holiday season is upon us, and it spells trouble on two different fronts: our battle with food, and missing workouts. On our health and fitness holidays in Barcelona, we use a wide range of different training techniques to give our clients the results they want. One technique that is very popular is HIIT.

High intensity interval training sessions are commonly called HIIT workouts. This type of training involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times.

The intense work periods may range from 5 seconds to 8 minutes long, and are performed at 80% to 95% of a person’s estimated maximal heart rate, the maximum number of times your heart will beat in a minute without overexerting yourself. The recovery periods may last equally as long as the work periods and are usually performed at 40% to 50% of a person’s estimated maximal heart rate. The workout continues with the alternating work and relief periods totalling 20 to 60 minutes.

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Do you know about great benefits of HIIT?

So, here they are! HIIT training has been shown to improve:

  • aerobic and anaerobic fitness
  • blood pressure
  • cardiovascular health
  • insulin sensitivity (which helps the exercising muscles more readily use glucose for fuel to make energy)
  • cholesterol profiles
  • abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass.

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Why is HIIT Training so Popular?

HIIT training can easily be modified for people of all fitness levels and special conditions, such as overweight and diabetes. HIIT workouts can be performed on all exercise modes, including cycling, walking, swimming, aqua training, elliptical cross-training, and in many group exercise classes.  HIIT workouts provide similar fitness benefits as continuous endurance workouts, but in shorter periods of time. This is because HIIT workouts tend to burn more calories than traditional workouts, especially after the workout. The post-exercise period is called “EPOC”, which stands for excess post exercise oxygen consumption. This is generally about a 2-hour period after an exercise bout where the body is restoring itself to pre-exercise levels, and thus using more energy. Because of the vigorous contractile nature of HIIT workouts, the EPOC generally tends to be modestly greater, adding about 6 to 15% more calories to the overall workout energy expenditure.

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Interval training has been an integral part of athletic training programs for many years because a variety of sport and recreational activities require short bursts of movement at high intensities. Interval training is becoming an increasingly recognized and well-liked method of training. The incorporation of interval training into a general conditioning program will optimize the development of cardiorespiratory fitness as well as numerous other health benefits.

Give HIIT a try and experience the difference!

We at Barcelona Bienestar are the experts for health, fitness, sport and wellness holidays and retreats to Barcelona and Ibiza. Unlike many other companies, we actually live in Barcelona and Ibiza, and we offer a range of packages that suit every budget. You can enjoy as many hours each day of activities that suit you, and we will also help you to enjoy all the wonderful sites and sounds that Barcelona and Ibiza have to offer. Gone are the days of over-eating and over-indulging holidays. Now you can have a fun, active and healthy break returning home feeling energised, relaxed and recharged. All of our instructors have the highest qualifications and experience so you can trust us with your health and fitness. We teach in English, Spanish and Russian.

For more information please click on www.barcelonabienestar.com or email julia@barcelonabienestar.com and we will be delighted to speak to you about your next holiday.

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