High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a workout routine that alternates between intense burst of exercise and short recovery period. One example is running as fast as you can for a minute, and then walking for two minutes. Repeat this three-minute interval for 15 minutes to get the most fat-burning effect. It sounds too simple to be effective, but the intense burst of exercise is what makes the training more fat-burning than the traditional workout. Read on for more benefits of HIIT.

1. It’s Efficient

HIIT is an ideal workout for busy people. Research shows that you can achieve more progress in a 15-minute HIIT routine (done three times a week) than a one-hour jogging on a treadmill. In just two weeks of interval training, you can improve your stamina as much as six weeks of endurance training.

2. It Burns More Fat

Looking to lose those love handles? HIIT can take care of that faster than other forms of exercise. The effects of your high-intensity training kick your body’s natural repair process into hyperdrive, meaning you continuously burn fat in the next 24 hours after working out, not just during the workout.

3. It Burns More Calories

A 10-minute HIIT can burn more calories than a 30-minute run on a treadmill. Plus, just as you burn fat during the next 24 hours after the training, you will also burn more calories post-HIIT as well.

4. Less Equipment Is Needed

One of the best things about HIIT is that you get an intense workout sans the equipment. This means, even if you do not have access to a gym, don’t have dumbbells and kettlebells at home or you travel a lot, you can still workout. Burpees, squats, sprints, high knees—there are so many ways to sweat by just using your own bodyweight.

5. You Won’t Get Bored

This isn’t a workout you can do while chatting with a friend or reading a magazine. Because HIIT is too short and constantly changes, you will be working hard the entire time. You may feel sore, you may be out of breath, but you will never get bored. (Hint: If you ever feel bored during an HIIT session, it’s time to up your intensity level.)

What’s not to love about HIIT? It’s efficient, quick and delivers fast results. These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll get with high-intensity interval training.