Here’s how long your HIIT work out should really last

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    Here's how long your HIIT work out should really last
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    HIIT workouts can be like hell on earth.

    10 minutes in, you start to wonder if you might throw up and whether you’ll ever be able to lift your arms above your head again. And that’s just after the bloody warm up.

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    Will the pain ever end? Will you ever be allowed to stop burpee-ing and squatting and lifting?

    Fortunately, the point of high-intensity training is that’s it’s hard but it only lasts a short period of time. And the fact that it’s shorter than your average workout means that it can be more intense.

    Using as much energy as possible in a short space of time is a dead effective way of burning fat.

    Well and Good.

    The whole point is to go so hard that you can’t sustain that level of intensity beyond half an hour.

    Rachel says that if you keep trying to elongate HIIT sessions, then the body adapts and stops itself from exerting the amount of energy you want it to.

    ‘You’re spending more time than (necessary) for the same results.’

    Here's how long your HIIT work out should really last

    And overexerting yourself can leave you open to injury.

    Saying that, however, workouts that last under 15 minutes probably won’t get your body up to maximum output either.

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