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    Hi guys,

    Does high intensity exercises (like sprints, running up at steep gradients like hills etc) burn more calories than lower intensities exercises (like jogging), for the same time duration?
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    Yes it does. Lots of gyms do HIIT (high intensity interval training) but it isn't sprinting etc it's proper exercises and it's hard core!!


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    Yep, if it's calorie burning you're looking for I'd recommend interval or 'burst' training. For example go for a 15 minute run, sprint flat out for as long as you can, jog/power walk till you catch your breath and sprint again. Basically anything that really gets your heart up and makes you sweat for a short period of time repeatedly, it's really hard at first, but pays off, you also improve your overall fitness faster

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    (Original post by CallMeBatwoman)
    Yep, if it's calorie burning you're looking for I'd recommend interval or 'burst' training. For example go for a 15 minute run, sprint flat out for as long as you can, jog/power walk till you catch your breath and sprint again. Basically anything that really gets your heart up and makes you sweat for a short period of time repeatedly, it's really hard at first, but pays off, you also improve your overall fitness faster

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    Thanks for the detailed advice. How long should you carry out this for? Like for 1 hour or more or...
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    (Original post by ΘTheta)
    Thanks for the detailed advice. How long should you carry out this for? Like for 1 hour or more or...
    Well of it was something like a bike ride or run I'd say half an hour tops, you.woukdnt want to carry on after that anyway if it was more something like squats and sit ups and stuff like that I'd say 10 minutes doing an intense non stop session - lots of reps and alternating in quick succession (just make sure you don't overdo it and damage the muscles) maybe twice a day (e.g when you get up and a few hours before bed - exercise too close to bedtime will make it harder to sleep) would be more than sufficient, maybe even 3 times a day if you have the time

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    for the same time frame yes, however you can't do HIIT every day so it's a trade off
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    try crossfit if you like high intensity training. watch the haters comment on this :P
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    (Original post by ΘTheta)
    Hi guys,

    Does high intensity exercises (like sprints, running up at steep gradients like hills etc) burn more calories than lower intensities exercises (like jogging), for the same time duration?
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    Yes for the same duration, but you don't do low intensity exercise for short bursts like interval training. Going for a decent paced run for an hour will burn more calories than interval training for 20 or so min.
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    (Original post by Gior)
    try crossfit if you like high intensity training. watch the haters comment on this :P

    People don't hate crossfit, people just hate crosfitters. Crossfit itself is brilliant.
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    (Original post by Last Day Lepers)
    Yes for the same duration, but you don't do low intensity exercise for short bursts like interval training. Going for a decent paced run for an hour will burn more calories than interval training for 20 or so min.
    Thanks for the reply, but,
    what is interval training?
    Is that 1 hour run a single stint of 1 hour?
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    (Original post by ΘTheta)
    Thanks for the reply, but,
    what is interval training?
    Is that 1 hour run a single stint of 1 hour?

    Interval training is pretty much high intensity training. I.e. sprinting for 200m resting for 1 min and repeating. Basically you're doing short bursts of intense exercise, recovering then doing it again. Hence high intensity interval train HIIT.
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    (Original post by Last Day Lepers)
    Yes for the same duration, but you don't do low intensity exercise for short bursts like interval training. Going for a decent paced run for an hour will burn more calories than interval training for 20 or so min.
    Is that 1 hour run a single stint of 1 hour?
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    (Original post by ΘTheta)
    Is that 1 hour run a single stint of 1 hour?

    Yes, as in running continuously for 1 hour.
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    In the same duration yes, although if you are doing HIIT properly you wont be able to do it for the same amount of time.
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    Yes for the same hour high intensity exercises burn more calories than low intensity

    That said way too many people blag off low intensity exercise and hop onto their HIIT bandwagon. Yes HIIT/high intensity workouts are great, but then so is low intensity. Even if you need to train longer to burn the same number of calories, jogging is less high impact than running full speed, which is great for those with foot issues, and won't make you feel like you will die at any moment.

    In terms of simply losing calories, both are great. I'd only pick High intensity stuff if you want stamina, shorter sessions and can handle the stress


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