Mo­ti­va­tion in­cluded

Stay in­spired and en­joy ex­er­cise with this chal­leng­ing hi it work­out

Women's Fitness (UK) - - Fitness -

T he fit­ness, fat-loss and time-sav­ing ben­e­fits of high­in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing (HIIT) have all been well doc­u­mented, and its pres­ence on gym floors is hard to miss. But new re­search from Mcmaster Univer­sity in On­tario, Canada has found yet another rea­son why HIIT is far more than just a fit­ness fad, and we reckon you’re go­ing to want to hear it.

When first start­ing a train­ing pro­gramme, mo­ti­va­tion lev­els tend to be high. But as time goes on, we get bored, feel less chal­lenged and find other things to pri­ori­tise. Sadly, by the time this hap­pens, you may not yet have seen the re­sults you’d hoped for. If you’ve ever felt your mo­ti­va­tion wane, or you’ve found it hard to stick to a plan for long enough to see a dif­fer­ence, HIIT might be your ticket to suc­cess.

The new study sug­gests that HIIT plans are more en­joy­able than mod­er­ate ex­er­cise, and there­fore eas­ier to stick to – which is cru­cial for re­sults. The study con­sisted of two groups of seden­tary young adults: those who took part in mod­er­ate work­outs and those who took part in high-in­ten­sity work­outs. Both groups be­gan the study en­joy­ing the pro­grammes, but this level of en­joy­ment did not in­crease and, in fact, also be­gan to even­tu­ally de­cline for those do­ing mod­er­ate ex­er­cise. How­ever, in the HIIT group, en­joy­ment lev­els rose with progress.

If you’re look­ing for a new HIIT work­out to get your mo­ti­va­tion soar­ing, try this su­per-sim­ple full-body barbell com­plex...

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