High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts have become ever more popular over the last few years. From Tabata classes, to Kayla Itsines and The Body Coach Joe Wicks… everyone seems to be at it, and for good reasons.

HIIT workouts consist of short, intense bursts of exercise which are performed as quickly as possible, followed by a short period of rest, before launching into the next set. Workouts usually consist of bodyweight exercises such as burpees, jumping squats, push-ups and mountain climbers. Moves like these that use a lot of muscles at the same time are even more effective for fat-burning.

There are so many benefits to working out in this way. We take a look at the best reasons for you to get your trainers on and try a HIIT workout right now…

It’s incredibly fat-burning. Not only during the session but studies have shown that the body goes on to burn more fat for up to 24 hours after a HIIT workout too.

It strengthens the heart. The high intensity workouts are based on the principle that if you’re only exercising for 20, 30 or 60 seconds at a time, you can work a lot harder during those intervals than normal. This high intensity gets the heart working hard and increases the strength and health of the heart.

You can do it anywhere. HIIT sessions primarily use body weight exercises so no equipment is needed. Take yourself out to the park, or stay in the comfort of your living room. No gym membership fees required.

It’s fast! No longer can we complain that we don’t have time to work out. A HIIT session can be completed in 20 mins, and in the comfort of your own living room, so no more excuses, let’s set those alarms for 20 minutes earlier tomorrow…