How Long You Need To Do HIIT Intervals To Make An Impact

How Long You Need To Do HIIT Intervals To Make An Impact

If you're a HIIT enthusiast, newly published research may just change the way you tackle your favorite workout.

According to the new study by Liverpool John Moores University, the researchers compared the timing of different HIIT workouts and may have identified the most optimal timing. Here's what they found.

Finding the optimal interval.

The team studied the effects that two popular HIIT routines had on study participants over the course of several weeks. Two groups of people performed HIIT three times a week for six weeks, with group 1 doing 60HIIT (six to ten 60-second intervals with 60 seconds of rest), and the other doing 30HIIT (four to eight 30-second intervals with 120 seconds of rest).

60 is the magic number.
When the six weeks were up, findings suggested 60HIIT was more effective than 30HIIT.

The researchers tracked the participants' aerobic capacity, body composition, and arterial stiffness over the course of the study, and found that aerobic capacity had increased in the 60HIIT group.

Researcher Hannah Church says, "In order for people to get the most out of HIIT, which may be the answer to the difficulties of paying for and getting to the gym, we need to get the timing right. Our research showed just how important this is, because we found that 30-second intervals with 120 seconds of rest meant that participants' heart rates didn't stay up. 120 seconds is just too long to be resting for!"

Indeed, HIIT does offer all of us crunched for time with a workout that can be done quickly and at home. Now, with this new research, our training will be that much more effective.