Fitness benefits of Hill Sprints
Want to get fit with a quick, free workout? Time to include Hill Sprints into your training!
We love high intensity interval training here on Tribesports and hill sprints are an easy way to increase the intensity of your workout without having to buy any special equipment and whilst still enjoying the great outdoors.
Check out this guide on the advantages of hill running.
You may have noticed hill sprints and high intensity interval training receiving extra attention in the press:
- Short fast sprints 'cut' diabetes [BBC online]
- Can you get fit in 5 minutes [The Guardian]
- Two minute wonder workout [The Sun]
These article all came about because of a study by Heriot-Watt University which is responsible for bringing high intensity interval training, such as hill sprints, into the public eye as an excellent fitness tool.
Although the articles simplified the study down to essentially say 'High intensity interval training is all you need to get fit', the study from Heriot-Watt University served to improve the profile of HIIT training and the fitness benefits associated with hill sprinting.
By adding in hill running and other HIIT exercises into your routine, the chances of developing type 2 diabetes are decreased, improving aerobic capacity and insulin sensitivity, as well as other metabolic advantages.
Is hill sprinting the be-all-and-end-all of fitness? No, but if you are short on time, it's a great way to get a quick workout into your day!
Not sure where to begin with hill running as part of a high intensity interval training program? Well, check out this guide which outlines the right training methods for your different fitness goals.
Hill sprint training will help you become a better runner - developing good up hill running technique will mean your recovery times will be shorter. Hill sprints can be classed as resistance training and so when the resistance is lifted (running on flat) you will find it easier.
Hill running targets your muscles in a different way to running on flat - your knees must go higher and your arms must pump harder in order to propel yourself up hill against gravity.
How can you improve your hill sprinting technique?
Exercises such as high knees, squats and stairs running will improve your hill sprinting technique and power.
Ready for a Challenge? Add a hill workout into your running training and see if you notice the benefits!
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