High Intensity Interval Training, is one of my all time favorite methods of exercise. Long steady state cardio gets boring for me, and slow resistant training does too. But I think incorporating all three into your week is the best case scenario for everyone. HIIT- Repeated bouts of intense exercise, with short periods of recovery. You can format interval training in so many ways, one minute intervals with 20 seconds rest in between, Tabata style – 20 seconds on 10 seconds off, or EMOM – every minute on the minute and the list goes on. The best part of HIIT is that you blast calories in a short period of time, and because you are pushing your body past the aerobic state and into the anaerobic state you will burn more calories throughout the day. So, you are saying I can run for 45 minutes and that be it, or I can crush a HIIT in 30 minutes and burn more? I’ll pick the latter. Of course it always depends on how much effort you put in, but thats the basic idea of high intensity intervals. It is especially ideal for people who have very little extra time to fit in a work out.
Here’s a quick example of a HIIT workout you can do at home:
30 seconds on 15 seconds rest — Repeat 4 times
- Squat jumps
- Push ups
- Alternating Curtsy lunges
- Dips (on a chair or bench)