01/6​HIIT is great to burn fat

High Intensity Interval Training is a style of workout in which you have to perform exercises with all your effort for quick, short bursts, and rest for a few seconds in between for recovery. Each session consists of multiple rounds to ramp up your heart rate. HIIT helps to improve your stamina and you will end up burning lots of calories and fat.

A study pooled results from 18 controlled intervention trials on the effects of HIIT on the rate of fat burning during exercise. They found that pracising a few sessions of HIIT every week will turn your body into a fat burning machine.

You will start burning more fat, not just during the HIIT workout, but also during other types of physical activities like brisk walking or playing a sport. Your fat metabolism will improve within four weeks of HIIT workouts, and will continue to improve with time. So what are we waiting for? Let's check out some fun HIIT workouts to try.

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02/6​Plank jacks

Make sure your body is warmed up before you begin with HIIT exercises. Without a proper warmup, you may end up hurting yourself. Plank jacks are easy to do but can be extremely exhausting, which is true for most HIIT workouts. To do this, start in a low plank position with your feet hip-width apart. Now, hop your feet wider than hip-width, and then hop them back to the initial position. You can also do it with resistance bands for better control of your body. Remember to keep your core tight and don’t raise your hips above the height of your shoulders.

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03/6​Flutter kicks

Flutter kicks work the muscles of your core, specifically abdominal muscles, as well as the hip flexors. The exercise is like mimicking a swimming stroke.

To do this exercise, lie on your back with hands behind your head, and lift your head and shoulders up off the floor. Now, keeping your lower back on the ground, lift one leg above past hip height and the other leg should be only a few inches above the floor. Hold and then switch the position of the legs, making a flutter kick motion. Repeat for 30 seconds.

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04/6​Supermans with lateral raises

Superman works great for your back muscles, especially strengthening the lower back. It also helps to improve your core. To do this, lie on your stomach with your arms reaching straight in front. Now lift your legs and arms off the floor. Try to hold this position by squeezing your core, back and glutes to keep legs up. Make sure no unnecessary pressure falls on your neck. Now slowly pull your elbows behind to your waist, then return to starting position, and repeat. Do this for 30 seconds.

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05/6​Russian twists

This simple exercise is highly effective in toning your core muscles, along with your shoulders and hips. It also helps you to stabilize your body. To do this, sit on the floor, and bring your legs out straight. Now, lean back slightly and fold your knees towards your torso to form a V-like shape. Balance this position and by engaging your core, start twisting your torso from side to side. Keep your legs stationary, more slowly and breathe.

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06/6​Mountain climbers

Get into a high plank position, and once your weight is evenly between your hands and your toes, pull your right knee into your chest. Now switch legs by pulling one knee out and bringing the other knee in. You can adjust the pace of this exercise based on your capacity. It is effective in both high and low intensity. Remember to also alternate inhaling and exhaling with each leg change.

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