Goodbye, HIIT. Hello, MISS.
I say it all the time: One of the best things I ever did for myself was to stop working out every day. Seriously, I sound like a broken record, but I can’t stop saying it because I know there are so many others out there who, like me, feel an overwhelming obligation to go nuts in the gym — or do nothing at all.
The all-or-nothing mindset kept me bound for years. I battled with guilt when I felt like I didn’t “go hard” enough in the gym, and I sparred with even more guilt when I skipped a workout because I was too tired to do whatever intense session I’d written for the day.
So there I stayed, in an endless cycle of working out hard every single day (and sometimes twice a day), or doing nothing at all, because I thought that low-intensity workouts weren't worth it.
If you chronically do HIIT to reach your goals, maybe you should try something else.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) became the gold standard for exercise in the early 2000s, when scientists discovered that exerting a lot of energy in a short time frame could result in accelerated fat loss, increased metabolism, improved strength and endurance, and reduced risk of chronic disease.
In other words, HIIT could do what traditional cardio could do in far less time.
This was fantastic news for people who wanted to exercise but were always stretched for time. And it still is great news! HIIT training offers so many benefits for health and fitness — when implemented correctly.
What you may not realize is that aerobic exercise — the completely unsexy, unexciting kind of cardio — unarguably outperforms poorly planned HIIT.
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