Short bursts of exercise have been proven to be a goal winner when it comes to health and fitness goals – fat loss, strength gains and cardio workout all in one and that’s probably why all the raging workouts at the moment all involve quick HIIT sessions that are done and dusted between 30-45 minutes. But there is a couple good reasons you should be heading for the hills for your next workout.
Hill sprint intervals or just incorporating hill sprints into your weekly workouts could elevate your workout goals to the next level. In a recent study they showed that hill sprints were more effective at increasing cardio fitness and output for runners compared to flat surface interval sprints.
When you run up hills your using your glutes, one of the biggest and most powerful muscles in the body, more muscles fibres are being used and recruited therefore your body is working harder. Your body is creating more power because you are working on both strength and cardio at the same time.
You can replicate hill sprints on a treadmill with incline but you aren’t going to get the same benefits as you would if you were to get outside and hit the real hills. The belt on a treadmill automatically pulls your legs from underneath you so your hamstrings and glutes don’t have to work as hard.
Get outside and hit the ground running.
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