HIIT cardio workouts - 6 ways to burn belly fat - Women's Health & Fitness

4. Do HIIT cardio workouts 3 days a week

High intensity interval training (HIIT) allows your body to burn more calories by elevating your metabolism so you lose fat faster (other benefits include increasing your power, speed and endurance). Plus you'll spend less time on cardio. A typical HIIT workout lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, during which you alternate short, very high intensity intervals with longer, slower intervals to recover. Aim to include HIIT cardio workouts three to four days a week on non-consecutive days.

Bonus tip: Are you new to HIIT? A simple way to tackle intervals is to slowly ease them into your next cardio workout. Jump on the treadmill, elliptical or take a walk outside. Follow this format: for every three minutes of moderate intensity, push yourself to crank up the power and intensity for 30 seconds. Repeat this 'every three, go for 30' format until you hit 20 to 30 minutes. You will be burning calories and increasing endurance in no time.

Not quite ready for HIIT workouts? Not to worry – simply include 30 to 45 minutes, three to five days a week, of cardiovascular exercise for results. This can include hitting the elliptical or stair stepper at your gym, going for a walk or run in the park, a hike – you name it; as long as you're getting your heart rate elevated and breaking a sweat, you will be torching calories and blasting body fat.

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