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Mistakes When Doing HIIT

Mistakes When Doing HIIT, HIIT is, beyond doubt, a very effective workout but to get results, it needs to be done correctly. Most people are not used to pushing themselves as hard as necessary for HIIT especially for a workout that is as short as 7- 10 minutes because it is extremely uncomfortable.

That is why many people often start making mistakes during their workouts which can easily sabotage their efforts and diminish their results.

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Here is a look at some of the most common Mistakes When Doing HIIT to avoid
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  • Essentially, a HIIT session can last anywhere from four to
    twenty minutes, or thirty minutes if stretched to the maximum.
  • If someone is able to push it beyond that, then that is not an
  • What it does mean, however, is that the person is not pushing
    himself hard enough during the high-intensity periods.
  • It is a common error to go for longer sessions during HIIT.
  • The whole point is to push your body to the maximum limit
    during high-intensity periods.
  • This will automatically make your sessions shorter as the body will be too exhausted to work anymore

 Not warming up – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

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  • HIIT training can be tough and strenuous, especially for
    beginners who are not yet ready to use their body’s maximum potential during their workout sessions.
  • Even those who are physically fit and active need to warm up before they start with their HIIT training.
  • This will reduce the effects that you are trying to achieve
  • Without a warm-up, the body will not be able to give
    it’s all during the high-intensity intervals.

Choosing complex and complicated movements – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

Experts say that with subsequent sessions of workouts, the body can get too tired to perform a complex movement. During your the first session, a complicated movement might not seem that bad at all. But after repeated movements, the body and brain could get tired of them, increasing the chances of an injury such as sprains or falls.

Instead, it is advised to choose movements for HIIT workouts that are easier to perform, without having to put too much thought into which body part goes where and which muscle to stretch more than the other.

As simple as a movement might be unless you are performing it right, it is not going to be effective.

It is always good to give your mind and body a chance to
master a movement first before you start training faster.

Not paying attention to ‘recovery’ intervals – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

Mistakes When Doing HIIT

This is one of the most common mistakes during HIIT to reduce the resting or recovery intervals in an attempt to make it ‘tougher’. This is the wrong idea.

  • The recovery period is as important as the high intensity
    interval, if not more.
  • This is the period where the muscles pay off what is called an ‘oxygen debt’.
  • They receive the oxygen that they were deprived off as the workout proceeded and led up to their fatigue.
  • Once they get the oxygen back, they can work just as hard
    in the next high-intensity period.

If ample recovery time is not taken, then muscles are only partially ready for the next hard work.

Not being ‘intense’ enough – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

By high intensity during HIIT training, it is meant that you should be extremely breathless, the heart-thumping loudly against your chest and your body and brain both screaming that you cannot push any further. If this does not happen to you during your high-intensity intervals, you are making the same mistake as many others: not going hard enough.

  • You need to push yourself to the point where you physically
    and mentally reach a point beyond which you know you cannot go on.
  • Only then will your HIIT workout be a success.
  • Most HIIT training sessions involve movements and
    exercises that are natural and easy.
  • They make the workout more effective and also reduce the chances of an injury.
  • Lifting weights can also be a part of high interval sessions but these weights should not be too heavy.

The easier they are to lift, the better.

Not staying determined enough – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

The last thing your body needs to hear is ‘You can’t do it!’
Yet it hears this a lot during HIIT training

  • HIIT can be very tough and demanding.
  • It can make the body feel more exhausted than ever.

So it is common to give up. It will feel hard and impossible, and negative thinking will only make it worse. But sticking to it will allow you to reap some great benefits.

Diet and clothing matters – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

As good as it might look, wearing clothes that are too tight are only going to bother you during the workout. It is important to invest in proper gym clothes that are made of a breathable material, do not trap sweat against your skin and leave you itchy. It is also necessary to wear proper trainers or your sessions.

In terms of nutrition, first and foremost is to stay hydrated!
Drink ample water well before your workout session starts
because it’s about to get sweaty!

There are many proteins shakes available, which can be used.
Otherwise a good fibre and lean protein meal work just as fine.

Having said that, it is best to be done eating at least an hour
before your session. It is a common error to eat right before
working out and not pay attention to what you eat either. Fruits
and vegetables just before working out are not going to be very

Doing HIIT too often – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

  • Boasted by the great outcome and result of HIIT training
    can lead to the mistake of overdoing it such as, trying to do it
    every day.
  • This is not good for the muscles at all. The maximum
    frequency of a HIIT session should not be more than twice or
    thrice a week.
  • This is to allow ample recovery time to the body so
    that it is all set for the next round.
  • This is primarily why many people have begun to prefer
    this over long everyday sessions of low-intensity workouts.
  •  It does not demand too much time from their busy routines.
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Choosing the wrong timing – Mistakes When Doing HIIT

Randomly choosing half an hour in the week for HIIT workout is a big mistake. The sessions need to be timed properly. Having a session right after you eat or just before bed is a bad idea.

  • In fact, the sooner in the day, you train, the better.
  • Taking a good but light breakfast early in the morning, an hour before the HIIT session is the best way to go about it.
  • This way your fat reserves will be targeted better. It will also prepare your body to burn the calories you will be munching up throughout the day.

As a matter of fact, working out early and before going to work will also maximize your performance there, as the concentration and productivity will be at its best.

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