HIIT workouts have been gaining much attention for its hard-to-believe effects and benefits- a huge amount of calories burnt in a short time, even after you’ve completed the workout. While this high intensity interval training has been seen incorporated in most of everyone’s training routine, LISS workouts also seem to be gaining tremendous popularity among sporty individuals. Focusing on building up your endurance and resistance, this low intensity steady state workout is also another huge favourite.
So how exactly does this two workout vary? Here is a simple breakdown.
LISS (Low Intensity Steady State)
LISS workouts are generally carried out in a much more relaxed pace compared to HIIT. Lasting typically for about 45 to 60 minutes, this training aims to build up your strength and endurance for higher intensity workouts in the future.
Since you don’t have to go all in for this, LISS is also an ideal workout for those recovery days ahead. Lessening your chance of injury, this low intensity cardio can also be carried out everyday without having you to worry about over-exerting those muscles.
However, just working on LISS alone might not be the best idea. Although it might be a great way to shred extra weight, it is indeed terrible at breaking down tho stored fat in your body. Consider doing it together with HIIT workouts as a cool down activity instead. You’ll see amazing results through this combination.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
Just exactly how it sounds like. Real intense. HIIT workouts are often done in a short period of time that’s not more than 30 minutes. Consisting of a series of intensive cardios, each lasts for about 30 seconds with a recovery period in between. This high intensity training is all about torching body fat in a short period of time.
At a much higher intensity rate compared to LISS, HIIT training may put you at a higher risk of body injury if you’re unfit or bad with postures. However, if done in the right way you’ll be noticing amazing changes in your body because this intense workout continues to burn those calories even when you’ve stopped. What?
Yes, you heard it right. This usually happens when your body is yearning for more oxygen consumption because of the HIIT workout earlier. When this happens, your body’s metabolism is required to work at a higher rate, thus resulting in the calories burnt even after you’ve stepped out of the session.
Still unsure? Here is a simpler breakdown to make things much easier and clearer.
Lasts for about 45mins and more
Lasts not more than 30 minutes
Focuses more on weight loss
Aims to lose body fat
Eg: swimming, brisk walking
Eg: A series of intense exercise- squats, lunges, high knees.
Although different individuals may vary when it comes to their workout needs, it doesn’t mean you should only stick to one type of workout. Instead, combining both HIIT and LISS workout tend to have a better effect on your body. Besides, mixing this two together might add a little more fun and excitement to your training routine, making workouts a lot less dreadful.