It’s a gloomy day today here in Barrie, so after walking the dog and eating breakfast I was thinking that I really need to step up my fitness game. Recently, I have been doing all the motions of my workout, but not really pushing myself as hard as I was pre-vacation. Does this happen to anyone else? It’s much easier for me to push myself when I have a goal or event to attend that I am working towards.
HIIT workouts are a form of cardiovascular exercise that are an enhanced form of interval training. Generally this consists of alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. Some HIIT workouts are as short as 4 minutes and usually stay shorter than 30 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improves athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism and improved fat burning.
Benefits of HIIT:
- Burns more calories and continues to burn calories (hormones released during HIIT help your body burn more calories even when you’re not working out)
- Burn more FAT – Not only do you burn more calories, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run
- Increase metabolism
- Healthier Heart – Most people aren’t used to pushing into the anaerobic zone (that lovely place where you can’t breathe and you feel like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest). This helps your heart by building endurance – those who practiced HIIT for multiple weeks were able to cycle twice as long at the same speed.
- Efficient workouts – minimal time required
- No equipment required – do these workouts anywhere with only your own body weight!
- Lose weight, not muscle
Here are a few on my favourite HIIT Workouts:
****Remember to take short rest periods (I usually wait 10 seconds) in between sets and a 1 minute recovery period before repeating the whole series again***
THE TONE IT UP GIRLS: HIIT WORKOUT FOLLOW ALONG VIDEO