It’s a HIIT: High-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing is the work­out for the eas­ily bored.

A fast-paced work­out that keeps bore­dom at bay.


WHILE THE IDEA OF RUN­NING A MARATHON MAY BE DAUNT­ING, you can do just about any­thing for 30 sec­onds, right? That’s the idea be­hind High In­ten­sity In­ter­val Train­ing – go as hard as pos­si­ble for a short time, then take a break; rinse, re­peat. Re­searchers say just 20-30 min­utes of HIIT can be as ef­fec­tive as 90-120 min­utes of lower-in­ten­sity car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise for aer­o­bic and anaer­o­bic ca­pac­ity, blood pres­sure, me­tab­o­lism, mus­cle mass, fat ox­i­da­tion and more, all for sig­nif­i­cantly less time.

“My per­sonal gym phi­los­o­phy is ‘in, out and on with it,’” says Christy Guinane, lead boot-camp trainer at Wild Work­outs & Well­ness in Mil­wau­kee. “HIIT can be done in as lit­tle as four min­utes.”

As your body “rests,” Guinane says, it’s ac­tu­ally scram­bling to meet higher de­mands for oxy­gen, fu­el­ing an “af­ter­burner” ef­fect that lasts up to two hours af­ter a work­out of ba­si­cally any type.

“It should be very in­tense, so you don’t want the du­ra­tion to be very long,” says Or­ange Shoe Gym Brook­field owner Wade Ritchie. A bonus: It’s equally ef­fec­tive for peo­ple of all skill lev­els.

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