High-intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT, has been gaining popularity for a number of years and is among one of the top fitness trends for 2018 but what makes it so popular?

Healthline explains HIIT involves “short periods of intense exercise alternated with recovery periods. One of the biggest advantages of HIIT is that you can get maximal health benefits in minimal time.”

Top 5 reasons why we love HIIT workouts:

1) It is efficient
HIIT is perfect for those with a busy schedule as most HIIT workouts are 30 minutes or less – meaning you can fit one in during your lunch break! It burns a high amount of calories in a short space of time.

2) It helps you lose fat, not muscle
As well as burning more calories, HIIT workouts are also proven to burn more fat. Instead of losing your hard-earned muscles (often a result of steady cardio workouts), research has shown that both weight training and HIIT workouts allow you to preserve your muscles and lose weight from fat stores instead.

3) It keeps your heart healthy 
HIIT workouts can make your heart stronger and decrease your risk of both heart disease and high blood pressure. During interval training, it is easier to push yourself when you know there is a rest interval coming. This process of training keeps your heart healthy and helps blood flow effectively throughout your entire body.

4) It boosts metabolism
According to Health Fitness Revolution, “The American College of Sports and Medicine said that high-intensity interval training helps you consume more oxygen than non-interval workout routines. The excess amount of oxygen consumed helps increase your rate of metabolism from about 90 minutes to 144 minutes after a session of interval training. Thus the increased metabolism helps burn more calories at a faster rate.” Studies have also shown that HIIT workouts increase your metabolism post-exercise even more than jogging and resistance training.

5) It is challenging
HIIT workouts enable you to constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone, meaning you can never get bored with your workout!

Want to push your HIIT workout even further?
Try FloatFit – a group exercise class with HIIT and Yoga style movements ON WATER using the world’s first floating exercise mat, the AquaBase! Find a class near you