Do you want to get maximum results in little time with your next treadmill workout? Then you’ve got to try high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Let us show you how HIIT treadmill workouts can elevate your running and effectively burn calories.
What is HIIT?
High-intensity interval training, or “HIIT,” is a type of interval training in which short periods of high-intensity exercise alternate with less-intense recovery periods. It is one of the most popular and most effective training methods for boosting your running performance and burning as many calories as possible in a short time.
What’s the best way to run intervals on a treadmill?
Longer intervals of, say, 4 minutes are better for HIIT treadmill workouts than short intervals of 15 to 60 seconds. High, sprint-like intensities on the treadmill are more suited for advanced runners. They require a certain degree of running technique and experience to be able to sprint on a treadmill safely and without the risk of injury. Plus, it is easier to manually adjust the speed between intervals if your pace is not so fast. There are scientific studies that have discovered the level of intensity which you need to run your HIIT intervals at in order to achieve maximum results.
What are the benefits of HIIT training?
Studies have compared high-intensity running intervals with moderate long-distance runs. What they found was that HIIT achieved significantly greater training effects for workouts of the same duration. HIIT improves your aerobic (with oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen) endurance, increases your maximum oxygen uptake (VO2 max), and thus your running performance. The high level of intensity provides your muscles with a much greater training stimulus than moderate long-distance running. Plus, your muscles require far more energy for their recovery processes after HIIT. Thanks to this afterburn effect, you burn additional calories, which in turn helps you melt off pounds.