HIIT Me With Your Best Shot
This was one of my very first reader requests, and it was a great one. The theme for National Nutrition Month this year is “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by using the tools you have to make small changes for a big impact on your health. Learning a new exercise technique is a great way to increase your overall health so this is a prime example.
HIIT workouts are all the rave right now – for a really good reason.
High-Intensity Interval Training is a great way to increase muscle mass and decrease those stored fat cells in a quick but intense workout. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not.
HIIT is about alternating low/moderate intensity workouts with high-intensity workouts. Sounds confusing? Keep reading.
Keeping your intervals short means that you can work at a higher intensity without over-tiring yourself. This is a great solution to getting bored easily with workouts – you don’t have to repeat your exercises in the same workout session.
HIIT workouts are challenging. But they are FUN! My husband and I started doing HIIT workouts in our home last summer and it has been great for accountability and for toning my body post-baby. For my HIIT routine, I run for 3 minutes and then do 3 1-minute intervals of an exercise. Want to see exactly what I’m talking about? Here are some screen shots from my phone of our workouts:
You can see in all 3 of these HIIT examples, the total workout time is only 24 minutes. 12 minutes of running and 12 minutes of exercises. (Sometimes I make up names of my exercises, so if you are confused just let me know) If you don’t have a treadmill at home – try your 3 minutes of cardio doing something like running in place, jumping jacks, jumping rope, etc. Continuous moving and changing of the routine makes the time fly by (for me at least). My 4-year-old (this is the first post where I have written “my 4-year-old”!! AHH I can’t believe he is 4 😭) doesn’t have time to try to climb on the treadmill with me because I’m hoping on and off so much.
Sidenote: This child has so many toys but every time he hears my feet hit the treadmill, they are suddenly dead to him. It is super sweet watching him exercise with me, though. He can probably do push ups better than I can.
There are so many other HIIT workouts available – check out the workout board on our Pinterest page for more ideas. And please comment with for favorite kind of workout.
Remember: It’s important to know that not all cardio workouts are the same. If HIIT isn’t for you, don’t fret. There are so many different ways to burn calories and keep yourself in shape. But just promise me you won’t give up before you even try