HIIT CARDIO vs STEADY STATE CARDIO

WHAT IS HIIT

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, which describes any kind of workout that alternates between bursts of high intensity activity and periods of low intensity activity. Eg. Sprint for 30 seconds, walk for 30 second.

WHAT IS STEADY STATE CARDIO

Steady state cardio is simply a cardio workout that is a continuous steady effort without getting your heartrate up too high.

BENEFITS OF HIIT TRAINING

HIIT BURNS MORE FAT AND CALORIES IN LESS TIME

We’ve all heard of the fat-burning zone with steady-state cardio.
While it’s true that lower-intensity cardio burns a greater percentage of calories from fat, the total calories burned and fat breakdown are greater at higher intensities. For example; it took just 10 minutes of HIIT to burn the same amount of calories as 50 minutes of steady-state exercise.

IT INCREASES YOUR METABOLISM

Combing high intensity with interval training results in EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), which speeds up your metabolic rate for up to 48 hours afterwards. This means you’ll burn loads more calories & fat over the next 48hrs due to training at higher intensities.

QUICK AND CONVENIENT

The minimal time commitment and overall enjoyment could mean you’re more likely to stick to your program long enough to see results!

YOU’LL LOSE FAT, NOT MUSCLE

Studies show that implementing HIIT workouts in to your training plan, allows you to preserve your hard-earned muscle while ensuring most of the weight lost comes from fat stores. Win/Win! Short cardio sessions and maximum fat loss[🙂]

BENEFITS OF STEADY STATE CARDIO

YOU WILL RECOVER FASTER

Steady state cardio isn’t as taxing on your central nervous system. This allows you to train longer and more often.

YOU WILL BURN CALORIES

If you are someone that sits at a desk all day, adding in some steady state cardio throughout your day, whether it’s on your lunch break or for 30 minutes when you get up in the morning is a wise move. While you won’t get the same post workout calorie burn as you would after a high intensity workout, you will still burn a decent number of calories and it all adds up at the end of the day.

YOU WILL BUILD UP YOUR AEROBIC FITNESS

The benefits of steady-state cardio are functional and translate to real life. If you participate in weekend adventure activities like hiking, cycling, or rowing, cardiovascular endurance is essential.

Steady state cardio is particularly beneficial to people with injuries or low fitness levels because it is a controlled form of exercise that doesn’t require a lot of stopping and starting. This is less taxing on the joints and muscles which allows you recover better and stay injury free.

So, there are benefits to both. As long as you are active, there really is no wrong or right, it all depends on what your goals are.