HIIT v Running: Which burns more calories?

HIIT v Running

Let’s be honest, when it comes to working out, we all want more bang for our buck. If you’re looking to lose weight, that often means, how can you burn the most amount of calories. So what will help you burn more calories – pounding the pavement for hours or a shorter session of mixed exercises?

Below I run through how each option affects our resting metabolic rate and post exercise calorie burn, which will give you the biggest weight loss payoff.

Benefits of HIIT:

  • Less time needed to achieve a big result.
  • EPOC ( after-burn ) – excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Meaning, more calories are still being burned for up to as much as 48 hours in some cases after the workout itself following strenuous activity.
  • Less boring for those that find steady state cardio monotonous.
  • More variety with exercises and workouts
  • Low impact option for exercise and good for those needing alternatives to running.
  • Can assist with less of an appetite through the reduction of the hunger hormone ghrelin being produced. Intense exercise can lower production of this.
  • Better for joints over time through less repetition and impact.
  • Improves strength through the diverse mix of exercises that can be incorporated.
  • Full body movements vs just lower body exercise.
  • Training can be adapted to specific goals

Benefits of Running:

  • Can be better for beginners.
  • Ability to do more frequently as less time between workouts is needed.
  • Sustained length of sessions.
  • Can be better for ‘calmer’ workouts and a good option for those who use their exercise as a way to unwind.
  • Improved endurance.
  • Faster recovery time.

The Verdict:

There are variables to how each person will experience the amount of calories that can burn within their workouts, but overall HIIT is more effective with it comes to burning fat and getting the most out of your cardio.

Being honest with your intensity and effort levels is imperative for the best result and this of course needs to compliment a great approach to your nutrition.

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