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Another Benefit for HIIT – You’ll Enjoy It More

If you are finding it hard to stay motivated in your current workout routine, you may want to kick it up a notch.


Researchers with McMaster University have found that those who are involved in high-intensity workouts actually enjoy their exercise time more than those who remain “moderate.” Enjoyment continued to increase as the participants became stronger.

"The physical benefits of exercise are widely known, yet half of the adult population is not sufficiently active for good health," says Jennifer Heisz, as assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster and lead author of the study published in the journal PLOS ONE

"For sedentary individuals, a key barrier to starting an exercise program is the preconceived notion that exercising is not enjoyable. Failing to find enjoyment from exercise can make it more difficult to stick to an exercise program over time," she adds.

"Enjoyment during these first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts," says Heisz.

Other benefits of HIIT include:

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• It's Efficient – research shows that you can achieve more progress in a 15 minute workout than jogging on a treadmill for one hour!

• You’ll Burn More Fat – Not only during the workout itself, but also in the 24 hours following!

• No Equipment Necessary – and it can be done anywhere, anytime.

Journal Reference:
Jennifer J. Heisz, Mary Grace M. Tejada, Emily M. Paolucci, Cameron Muir. Enjoyment for High-Intensity Interval Exercise Increases during the First Six Weeks of Training: Implications for Promoting Exercise Adherence in Sedentary Adults. PLOS ONE, 2016; 11 (12): e0168534 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168534

Additional Reference: Shape Magazine

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By U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos - Heidemarie Couch, CIV (1), Public Domain,