What is High Intensity Exercise?

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What is High Intensity Exercise?

Exercise is exercise – or at least that used to be the case. Just recently you may have read more information about high-intensity exercise. Let’s take a closer look at what it involves.

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You may have seen this written as HIIT. This stands for high-intensity interval training. The idea is that instead of exercising for longer periods, you can train through short, intense periods instead. This doesn’t necessarily mean you will exercise in one quick 3-minute burst and that’s it for the day. No – instead you will intersperse these bursts with shorter periods of exercise that are not as intense.

High-intensity exercise burns far more calories than regular exercise. Think about it – if you work harder your body is going to need more energy to get through those demands. That means you burn more calories you already have in reserve. Sounds good, right?

If you hadn’t guessed by now, you should know that kickboxing is a high-intensity form of exercise. You’ll typically do short bursts of exercise followed by short rest periods as you prepare for your next moves. As you take more classes you will notice just how many calories you are burning each time. This in turn will mean you can enjoy bigger and better benefits from taking regular classes.

High-intensity exercise will no doubt feel different from anything else you might be familiar with. After all you are probably used to continual walking, or jogging round the block, or maybe having a swim in your local pool. Suddenly doing short bursts of intensive exercise followed by easier periods of time will feel a bit strange to begin with. However the results you could get will speak for themselves.

If you sign up to a kickboxing class in your local area you can get started on discovering this form of exercise now.

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About the Author Mark Deacon

Owner and Chief Instructor of Deacons Martial Arts and Fitness in Oadby, Leicester.