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Simply put, HIIT is characterized by short bursts of intense work interspersed with brief moments of rest. “Intense” is relative to each person’s fitness level, but you should be working at a pace that doesn’t feel sustainable for very long; if you can speak even in short sentences during a high-intensity interval, you need to ramp it up.

There’s no standard time associated with HIIT workouts, but most work intervals range from 10 seconds to a couple of minutes. Rest intervals also vary in length and type. Some workouts prescribe complete inactivity between work sets, while others call for low-intensity exercise or active recovery, like walking, stepping in place, or light jogging. The rest period is typically just long enough to allow partial recovery, but not long enough to allow your heart rate to return to its resting state.

With HIIT, it’s easy to get too much of a good thing — even if you’re ready for it — because the workouts are intended to push the limits of your strength, stamina, and grit.

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