As the clinical pharmacist for Sharp HealthCare’s emergency department, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian assists emergency room doctors and staff in managing a number of infective processes like pneumonia, skin infection, and urinary tract infections. In his personal life, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian is a physical fitness enthusiast and uses high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio to help supplement his weight lifting.
HIIT is an ideal way to get the most out of a shorter workout. As the name suggests, HIIT utilizes high intensity to allow you to get more done in shorter periods, which leads to performance increases and saves time. HIIT workouts alternate between extreme bursts of intense activity and shorter periods of less-intense activity or rest. For HIIT sessions, timing is crucial to maximize the benefits of your workout while also avoiding injuries.
Men’s Fitness suggests that a good HIIT session should ideally last anywhere from just four minutes up to 15. At its longest, your HIIT workout should not exceed 30 minutes.
Keep in mind that a 30-minute HIIT workout does not mean non-stop high-intensity exercise for half an hour. Instead, you should give yourself plenty of breaks between shorter five- to seven-minute intervals of all-out activity where you push yourself to your limit. Short breaks between sessions not only help prevent overuse injuries but also ensure you have the energy to push yourself through each set.