Not everyone is suited to high impact exercises. It is hard on the joints and can lead to injury. Not everyone wants, has room for or can afford an exercise machine in their home. Not everyone has time to go to the gym for a class and classes can feel intimidating and the times of classes don't always fit into our schedules. So a home workout is perfect.
WHO IS SUITED TO LOW IMPACT HIIT? Anyone and everyone, You don't have to be an older adult or have joint issues to want to keep it low impact. It's a great exercise. If your walls are thin or you live in a flat/apartment and you want to keep your neighbours happy then keeping it low impact is a good option. No thumping no jumping but very effective.
IS LOW IMPACT HIIT AS GOOD AT BURNING FAT AS HIGH IMPACT?
The answer is a definite Yes, but to make it as high intensity as a high impact workout you will need to increase the amount of time you are performing each exercise. eg: a high impact workout is usually 15-20 seconds with 100% of work with 100% effort. You would need to increase this to 50 to 60 seconds of work and have 30 seconds of rest time in between each exercise. You would also need to increase the total amount of time for the whole workout. Hitt is usually around 15 to 20 minutes so you would need to increase the time for a low impact session to approx 30 minutes. The exercises which you perform need to leave you feeling very out of breath and still a little out of breath when your about to perform the next exercise as you need to be keeping the heart rate elevated.
WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING?
It's very effective at burning fat. Its short and its effective at getting the heart rate up and keeping it up and getting you fitter and stronger in a short space of time. You don't have to slog it out for an hour or more to burn the fat , you don't have to do complicated exercises, keep it simple be consistent and be prepared to give each exercise 100% effort, Concentrate on effort and you won't go wrong. If its fat your looking to burn you may need to rethink your eating habits and you may need to tweak one or two things.
So there you have it. Low impact hiit is just as effective as high impact.