HIIT Workouts: How to Get Started


No doubt you’ve heard the buzz about high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. By alternating periods of work with periods of rest, you get numerous health benefits in a short amount of time.

While HIIT workouts can technically be done by anybody, use caution if you’re new to exercise or have preexisting conditions, says Michelle Wong, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)–certified personal trainer and Life Time general manager in Johns Creek, Georgia.

It’s best to have an aerobic foundation (meaning that you’ve been doing regular aerobic exercise for several weeks) before doing HIIT, adds Wong.

Heart conditions may also make HIIT workouts riskier, so check with your doctor first if you have one. This also goes for people who are recovering from an injury, elderly individuals, and those with other chronic conditions like diabetes, per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


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