HIIT workouts -- 5 things to keep in mind

Planning to try HIIT to get a toned body and lean mass? Read this first!

The new fitness fad High-Intensity Interval Training(HIIT) workouts have taken the lead in gyms across the world. Although HIIT workouts allow you to attain a full-body workout within a short period of time, doing it right is the key to reaping its full benefits.

Dr Amit Panja, Head Physiotherapist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan says that with the nature of an HIIT workout being so intense, it can put your body at risks too, so taking precautions is a must. Here are some points to keep in mind while performing these workouts.

1. Warm up: Warming up before the routine is necessary to avoid pulling a muscle or tendon. Also, sudden stress while the body isn t ready can cause some heart issues, especially those who are at risk of heart conditions.

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2. Beginners: Beginners must begin these routines with expert supervision and limit these workouts to 2-3 times a week. Overdoing it can increase the risk of soft tissue injuries to the joints. Go for shorter HIIT intervals with longer rest periods to ensure your body recovers from the high intensity of the exercise.

3. Form: Make sure that your form is right. This not only has the best impact on your body but also ensures that your body is not at a risk of injury.

4. Age: HIIT workouts do not have any age limit; however, it is advisable to consult an expert before performing it. This is because certain age groups must pay attention to certain risks factors involved, especially those with underlying health issues which need to be addressed.

5. Diet: Pre-workout nutrition is a must; fuel up your body to prepare for an intense workout. Do not perform these exercises on an empty stomach. Opt for fast-digesting proteins and carbohydrates which provide amino acids and aid in building muscle and strength.

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