Which Is Better For Weight Loss – Jogging Or HIIT Exercise

There are many different types of exercise that are designed to help you lose and maintain a healthy weight in Ab Dhabi. Jogging and HIIT are two popular choices but is one better than the other?
Abu Dhabi female trainer and fitness coach Jen - running exercises

If you want to lose weight in Abu Dhabi there are many ways to do so. Is jogging more effective than HIIT exercise?

Article Contributor: Jen

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A popular form of exercise is jogging but how does jogging compare to HIIT types of exercise routines in Abu Dhabi for those looking to lose weight?

 Jen’s Answer: The most effective way to burn fat is to engage in; long duration, low intensity activity.

This is when the body uses fat reserves as a primary energy source.

So, in my opinion as a personal trainer, YES jogging is better for fat loss (specifically) than short high intensity training sessions.

When engaging in short high intensity activity the body uses immediate energy (sugar, carbohydrates, proteins) as a primary energy source (in that order).

Only once these sources are completely depleted will the body turn to fat as an energy source.

If your goal is to burn fat; it would be more beneficial to walk for an hour than to do burpees at intervals for 5 minutes.


How many km or miles would someone need to do while jogging in Abu Dhabi to burn the same amount of calories as in an hours HIIT exercise session?

Jen’s Answer: Calories burned is directly determined by how hard the body is working.

This question is almost impossible to answer. An individual who is highly adjusted to running can do so effectively and therefore their body will adapt to actually be able to run while burning less.

In the same way someone who is highly adapted to internal training will burn less calories in the same session than somebody who isn’t.

Weight and size also plays a huge part in how hard your body needs to work to complete any given exercise.

Very generally speaking; an average size female with good conditioned fitness will burn roughly 300 calories after running 5 kilometers.

An average size male with good conditioned fitness will burn roughly 500 calories after running 5 kilometers.

HIIT sessions vary widely.

A personal trainer in Abu Dhabi specialised in weight loss and nutrition can also provide specific information.


Abu Dhabi female trainer and fitness coach Jen - running exercises

Jogging in the summer does of course have its problems – mainly down to the heat.
Can (or does) a treadmill provide the same sort of workout for weight loss?


Jen’s Answer:  Yes absolutely. Treadmills have speed and gradient controls and so you are able to set the treadmill to speed that you would jog outside.

You can also intermittently increase and decrease the gradient (treadmill programs will do this for you) to simulate an outdoor run.

Many treadmills will allow you to enter your height and weight into the treadmill.

This allows the machine to more acutely calculate exactly how hard your body is working.

Ultimately, this can help you see how many calories you have burned.

In Summary.....

In Summary, here are the best tips for weight loss by jogging or using HIIT fitness

Long Duration, Low Intensity Exercise Is Best

Walking Can Help You Burn Fat

HIIT Exercises Help You Lose Weight

Use A Treadmill To Jog 

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