First, what is it?
High Intensity Interval Training refers to a workout in which you get your heart rate up into anaerobic range (pretty fast) for a short burst, then you rest long enough to allow your heart rate to slow back down.
Why do it?
Well, if you're short on time it's a great way to get a workout in. Your workout can be short, short, short if you want! As little as 10 minutes even. Yes, please!
HIIT can can help you train your cardiovascular system, which we know is linked to longevity. It has also been shown to improve your metabolism and hormone regulation. Good news at any age, but especially for women entering the phases of peri and post menopause.
Pitfalls of HIIT
I've been in so many group HIIT situations in which I just stayed at my max heart rate the whole time. In other words: no interval, just high intensity! You really do have to have a rest interval in which your heart rate slows back down into aerobic ranges. Don't feel guilty: the REST is part of the deal!!
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