Common HIIT Mistakes that Could be Ruining Your Workout
September 30, 2018
High intensity interval training (HIIT) can be the perfect workout. HIIT doesn’t take too much time out the day and there are a plethora of benefits to this kind of workout. You can improve blood pressure, blood sugar, lose fat while keeping your muscle, and that is only a few of the benefits.
Here are the most common HIIT mistakes that could be ruining your workout.
- Too long of a HIIT session –
HIIT sessions are meant to be intense, sweaty, and leave you breathing hard. If you are doing proper HIIT, with proper form, most people can’t go longer than 30 minutes. It won’t really help to improve your results either to go for longer than that.
- Too many HIIT sessions –
The one great thing about HIIT workouts is that they are quick and you don’t have to do them everyday. One of the biggest mistakes people make is doing them more than 3 days a week.
This can overtax the body and your body doesn’t have time to recover afterward. Keep hit sessions to two or three days a week and concentrate on strength training or recovery exercise like yoga on the other days.
- Wrong time of day –
HIIT sessions are better for the morning time. In the evening after work, you may not have enough energy to really push yourself to have an intense workout. Since HIIT sessions are meant to be quick, it should be easy to work out in the morning.
- No warm up –
If you are not warming up before your HIIT session, that is a mistake. HIIT sessions are meant to be intense. If you are jumping right in to an intense workout, you are setting yourself up for injury. Always warm up before any exercise that you do.
- Not intense enough –
HIIT workouts are exactly as the name states: High Intensity Interval Training. If you are doing a true High Intensity workout, and aren’t out of breath and drenched in sweat – you aren’t doing it right.
- Not enough fuel –
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make with HIIT is not properly fueling your body beforehand. If you don’t have a snack (preferably that includes a carb) before the workout, you will have decreased performance and may feel sick and off balance.
Some people don’t like HIIT workouts, but often times it is because they are making mistakes which can cause adverse effects. If you make a few adjustments to ensure you are working out properly, you will enjoy HIIT as well.