Total body workouts and workouts that incorporate either cardio or HIIT (high intensity interval training) are my favorite, plus are great workout options that give a number of benefits. Total body workouts are just that – they incorporated full body exercises. HIIT is training that involves alternating between different levels of intensity, with a focus on maximum effort during the high intensity sections of the intervals. Here are a number of benefits that you can gain from adding in both TB and HIIT exercises to your routine:
Time Benefits of TB/HIIT Workouts:
- Less Time Constraints. Most of us are either working all day, in school, or taking care of family and don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to splitting the week up into sectioned days for body area workouts. Focusing on a total body workout allows you to work the entire body in one workout, leaving more time for other commitments.
- Ability for Other Activity. Another reasons I LOVE TB/HIIT – I am an avid runner, but I also love yoga, boxing, and spinning…which I can always fit in during one week, especially during marathon training. Doing a full body workout leaves more time to participate in other activities.
- Great for Home Workouts. TB/HIIT, especially body weight only or dumbbell/band workouts, allows you to work the whole body at home.
- Beat Boredom. TB/HIIT workouts allow you to constantly switch between muscle groups in a given workout, expanding the movement options.
Physical Benefits TB/HIIT:
- Decrease in Overtraining. TB workouts given you the ability to take rest days in-between workouts. This decreases muscle fatigue from increased recovery, and also can decrease central nervous system stress or fatigue, which is generated when our muscles are put to active use while lifting.
- Burn More Fat. With a combined TB/HIIT training, your body has the ability to build strength and burn fat through efficient cardio and strength movements.
- Conditions both aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. This occurs when you push your body past it’s aerobic zone for a specific period of time and then drop back into an aerobic zone.