Fitness trends come and go, but it seems high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is here to stay. And if you’re looking to get fit and burn fat fast, it might be the new workout for you.

HIIT involves quick, intensive bursts of exercise followed by short periods of active recovery. Classes usually combine bodyweight exercises, high-intensity cardio and weight training. The idea is to give one hundred percent in the active periods, to keep your heartrate up and get maximum benefit in the least possible time.

HIIT is a shorter, more efficient workout – most sessions last for 30 minutes or less – but the increased intensity means your body will keep burning fat even after you’ve showered (or curled up in a ball on the floor). Regular sessions will get you fit, strong and toned, and will also contribute to increased metabolism.

As the name suggests, HIIT is high intensity, so your first few workouts will be challenging. Expect to feel it in your muscles, joints and cardiovascular system. Make sure you drink enough water before and after your workout and ensure your session is supervised by a trained professional. As always, consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

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