CARDIO INTERVALS VS STEADY CARDIO
HAPPY FRIDAY beautiful people! I got a great question this week, so I thought I'd share in hopes to help you on your fit journey!
Q: Can you please explain the benefits of cardio intervals vs. steady state cardio? What are the benefits of intervals over steady state?
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT is a form of interval training that includes alternating between high intensity exercises and short low intensity rest periods. HIIT involves performing short bursts of high or max intensity followed by low-intensity for a set duration of time. For example, sprinting for 30 seconds at maximum speed followed by a 30 second rest repeatthese intervals for your set duration of time.
So what are the benefits of this?
HIIT workouts improve athleticism and glucose metabolism (the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body). Research shows that HIIT regimens produce significant reduction in body fat mass. HIIT also is just as efficient as steady state cardio, with shorter time commitments. So if you are a New Yorker like I am, less time the better!
What about steady-state cardio?
With steady-state cardio, your heart rate stays within a lower intensity aerobic zone. This is so great for cardiovascular health! Although, in order to reap the same benefits of a 20-30 minute interval session you must double that time commitment. A benefit of steady state cardio is less physical stress on the cardio respiratory system and body. It is also a great way to improve cardio respiratory fitness especially if you participate in races!
So, which is better?!
Truly, the best option depends on YOU. If you're in a time crunch, and want to get a efficient andquick workout in, HIIT may be the best option for you. Optimize your calorie-burn by performing ALL your exercises HIIT style!
Want to build cardiovascular endurance? Steady-state cardio may be best for you. It can also be meditative. Studies show that after 20 minutes of cardio, your brain releases endorphins that make us feel good, sort of like eating chocolate......SORT OF.
Now go out there and get your fitness on!