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A HIIT workout is more than just about overall fitness for you and your members. The benefits of exercise are rife within high intensity interval training, but there are certain ways that your cardiovascular fitness in particular is improved by raising the heart rate.

Escape has got the lowdown from F45 Stratford about the different ways HIIT fitness plan can help your heart.

HIIT improves stroke volume

Stroke volume is the amount of blood pumped around the body per heartbeat. Stroke volume increases during exercise, especially during demanding forms such as a HIIT workout because of the body’s increased need for oxygen-filled blood.

This is essential as it can help to supply your body with oxygen more efficiently, and can eventually make tasks in day-to-day life a lot easier.

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HIIT lowers your resting heart rate

It is widely known that extreme training helps build extreme results. It’s hard for most people to push themselves to an anaerobic zone where you lose your breath and feel your heart pounding faster and faster.

With interval training, it is a lot easier to push yourself to that level because of the rest interval that follows straight after. Over time, this can result in a lower resting heart rate, which will decrease your chances of suffering from a heart condition.

HIIT lowers your blood pressure

In the short term, HIIT will actually cause an increase in blood pressure. However, in the long term, you will witness a decrease. This is largely due to the fact that HIIT can reduce the stiffness of the artery walls, leading to a lower resting blood pressure.

Studies have also repeatedly shown that HIIT is the best form of exercise if you are trying to lower your blood pressure, more so than traditional cardio training, which has been found to have a much lower effect.

HIIT helps you manage stress levels

Day-to-day life can be a stressful occurrence for many, and this stress can come in many forms. Stress can cause the heart rate to fluctuate throughout the day, depending on the severity of the situation.

HIIT has the ability to improve this, and make people better equipped to deal with the difficulties that life throws at them, as it provides a short, fiery training session to distract you from all of your concerns.

HIIT burns fat

Working out with a HIIT routine can have an enormous benefit on the heart, by targeting visceral fat in the body. Visceral fat is the deep gel-like fat that wraps around major organs, which can contribute to illnesses such as, heart disease, cancer, depression and many more.

HIIT is also known as one of the best forms of exercise when trying to lose weight, with numerous studies finding

that HIIT helps you consume more oxygen than a non-interval workout routine, which helps increase your metabolism rate after a session. This increased metabolic rate is what helps you to burn calories and fat at a faster rate.

For more benefits of different training styles and fitness plans, check out the blog homepage.