High-Intensity Internal Training (HIIT) is one of the best ways to burn fat fast. “It burns carbs. It just burns up all your carbs.” Ok, that’s not really how it works, but it is definitely effective. The goal of HIIT is to push yourself intensely for a moderate amount of time, and then recover for a short period of time. This is a proven method for burning fat and I have seen the results myself.
Back in college, I would do a specific treadmill interval workout at the gym, at least twice a week, and I saw MAJOR results, not only in my body, but in my running ability as well. I cut time off my runs and I was burning a lot more fat than when I ran at a steady pace.
I prefer intervals to be done on the treadmill and not outside for a few reasons:
1. You can easily monitor your time and speed
I open the stopwatch on my phone and leave it open on the treadmill so I can see when to sprint and when to rest. Having to try this while multitasking outside sounds horrible to me.
2. You have to keep pace
When you’re sprinting and you get tired, it’s much harder to quit on the treadmill than if you are just outside on solid, immobile ground. You get a better workout because you push yourself harder for longer!
3. It’s safer
When you’re trying to sprint outside, you can easily injure yourself. Treadmills take away dangers like cracks in sidewalks, cars, or holes you don’t see until it’s too late.
So, if you’re an outside-only runner, I don’t really recommend intervals, though it can be done. Try it on a track at a school or gym!
Here’s the interval guide I used, that I totally nabbed from PopSugar. When it got easy, I bumped up the speeds by 0.5mph on each interval. SO HARD! (If these times are too hard, slow them down and work your way up to these.)
Step 1: Print this out (or write it down with just the times and paces) and bring it with you to the gym.
Step 2: Wave bye-bye to your belly fat.
P.s. If you’re looking into buying a treadmill for your home, or about to get a gym membership, read this review of the best treadmills first! Make sure you get the best equipment for your goals, or see if the gym you’re looking into has good machines 🙂