Updated: Jun 7, 2018
What is the difference between HIIT and LIIT?
HIIT has proven itself to be a highly effective method to use when working out. HIIT requires regular, intense, unsustainable bursts of physical activity, combined with short rest intervals, that leads the body to burn calories at a higher rate.
Essentially, LIIT is the same concept but much slower, with longer recovery time. LIIT is a great way for anyone to reap the benefits of HIIT, whatever age, shape or size. Depending on the length of your workout session, you can expect to burn a similar amount of calories to HIIT, but it may take you longer.
Not to be confused with LISS, which we discuss in our blog on HIIT vs. LISS.
How intense should a LIIT workout be?
During a LIIT workout, your intensity should never be at or above a sprint, with recovery time taking almost twice as long as a HIIT routine. Think slow and controlled rather than using all of your energy in bursts.
A HIIT workout would usually work you to near to max exertion in bursts for 20-30 mins, whereas a LIIT workout is a much more steady and less intense workout that takes twice as long, but leads to similar results.
Is LIIT for me?
LIIT workouts are good for those new to fitness, or those who may be injured and need a more steady way to workout. Or for anyone who would just like a more gentle practice to mix up their routine.
For a 30 minute LIIT workout for beginners, check out this video from The Body Coach
For more highly-effective cardio workouts read our 2-part blog about switching up your HIIT cardio routine and try out our killer circuits!