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Why HIIT?

HIIT (high intensity interval training) burns calories in less time. Most fitness apps incorporate HIIT training due to its ease and effectiveness. Intermittent sessions of intense exercise that alternate with brief rest periods require extra oxygen consumption. This is key to melting calories through the effectiveness of high intensity exercises.

What are effective, high intensity exercises and how can you perform them?

A common misconception is that HIIT contains complex exercises that require machines. Not so. There are plenty of highly effective workout techniques that are both simple and easy. A few are explained below. For 50+ simple HIIT exercises, checkout the ShortRandomWorkout App in the App store or at Shortrandomworkout.com. Let’s get started!

Leg raises

You do not need a machine to perform leg raises. Simply lie on your back. Use your core muscles to raise both legs such that they form a ninety degree angle with your upper body. Lower back down and repeat. Control the movement without using momentum. This exercise works your leg and abdominal muscles.

Chair dip

This an extremely effective upper body workout performed by using a chair. Sit with the chair behind your back. Place your hands behind you on the seat of the chair, palms facing forward. Lift your upper body by straightening your arms. Come back to starting position and repeat. This exercise works the muscles on your shoulders, chest, back and abdomen.

Bicycle

Lie on your back with hands behind your head and knees bent with feet off the floor. Press your lower back to the floor and pull your navel in to also target deep ab muscles. Extend one leg parallel to the floor while bringing the other knee up to touch the opposite elbow, twisting slightly through the abs. Be sure not to pull on your neck. Switch legs and repeat.

Standing oblique crunch

Stand up straight with both hands behind your head. Raise your right leg to touch your left elbow by twisting slightly through your torso and bending your upper body down. Return to starting position and repeat on the other side. Remember to control the movement through your core muscles. This exercise works almost all the muscles in your body.

Chair Step-up

You do not need a machine to perform leg raises. Simply lie on your back. Use your core muscles to raise both legs such that they form a ninety degree angle with your upper body. Lower back down and repeat. Control the movement without using momentum. This exercise works your leg and abdominal muscles.

Scissor exercise

Lie on your back. Lift both legs slightly off the floor. Flutter your legs up and down in scissor movements by raising one leg while keeping the other straight. Alternate the movement quickly as many times as you can. This exercise is great for core muscles.

Incorporate these fat burning exercises in your regular workout routine to improve overall health and fitness. Get started now! Check out the ShortRandomWorkout App for more awesome workouts!

Author's bio: As a doctor and a nutritionist, Dr. Usman has a deep insight into all aspects of writing related to health and wellness. He is a regular contributor to several journals related to fitness, nutrition, health and medicine having produced thousands of quality articles, blog posts and ebooks over the years.

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