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May 29, 2015 2 min read

Beach body season is fast approaching. Cue the renewed commitment to the gym because you want to look good and feel even better. Since you're on a deadline and want to look amazing ASAP - should you double your workout time? Actually, you should do the exact opposite. Long, drawn-out cardio sessions are a thing of the past. Studies now show us the shorter bursts in high-intensity interval training burn so much more fat in a fraction of the time. Not only does high-intensity interval training (HIIT) amp up your calorie burn, it strengthens your heart, helps regulate your blood sugar, and keeps your metabolism working at a higher rate after the workout’s done. I know it seems logical that a longer workout would help you drop pounds faster, but there are a few reasons shorter sweat-sessions are the route to success: First of all, even though exercising pays off with feel-good endorphins, extended workouts can actually boost your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When your body interprets those stress signals, it doesn’t properly convert food into glycogen, or energy. Instead, it sends those calories straight to your middle, where they take up residence as fat. Secondly, longer workouts can promote an overuse injury - especially if you’re jumping back into the game all of a sudden. HIIT workouts don’t leave you as injury-prone and they give your muscles a chance to bounce back. Then there’s one of the biggest benefits of HIIT: It just takes less time. No more "I don't have time" excuse. Seriously - you’ll be hard pressed to convince yourself you don’t have 15-25 minutes to squeeze in a workout (get all of our HIIT workouts on demand with SweatFlix℠)

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