How to Sneak in “Accidental” HIIT Workouts to Boost Your Metabolism

How to Sneak in “Accidental” HIIT Workouts to Boost Your Metabolism

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has its perks. It’s an express workout, plus there are the big cardiac and metabolism benefits.

Turns out it doesn’t take treadmill intervals to get it done. Researchers have hit upon a twist: High-Intensity Incidental Physical Activity. That’s when everyday physical activities cause heart rates to spike, as well as breathlessness—think running down a bus or train, sprinting up stairs, or doing yard work extra-fast.

According to the new U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines, any moderate to vigorous exercise, for 30 seconds or a few minutes, can boost heart health if done several times during the day.

The key is high-intensity, meaning working at 80 percent or more of max capacity. You’ll know you’re in the zone when you feel an uncomfortable shortness of breath, you can’t have a … Read the rest