With all the snow out there lately, I’ve been less inclined to get outside to run or drive to the gym, and more apt to workout at home. Especially now that we have space in our new digs to workout at home, I find that it’s easy to get a good workout in first thing in the morning before work.
I’ve always been a big fan of exercise DVD’s, T25, PiYo, Turbo Fire being a handful of my go-to’s. Sometimes I hit up You Tube for some workout inspiration as well; there’s so many great ideas on there!
I’m also a huge fan of HIIT workouts.
If you aren’t familiar with HIIT, it stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and it’s a great way to burn fat, in a short amount of time. Different than steady cardio like running for thirty minutes straight or hopping on a machine at the gym that works your aerobic endurance, HIIT works both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance.
Both cardio and HIIT have their different benefits. Cardio has it’s time and place- it’s easy to do, sometimes a little mindless (can be good or bad?!), can be low impact, and it’s something that can performed on a daily basis (though I wouldn’t recommend it). Usually cardio is done at a moderate intensity, and is done for at least twenty minutes.
HIIT on the other hand, like it’s name, is an intense, shorter workout, typically no longer than twenty minutes, of all out intensity. HIIT alternates short bursts of hard core exercise with periods of rest. Another sweet benefit of HIIT workouts is the that your body continues burning calories after your workout! Sitting on the couch watching the Bachelor and still burning calories and fat? How can you go wrong? Your metabolism stays revved up for several hours post workout, and that’s pretty cool if you ask me. HIIT workouts shouldn’t be done on back to back days; I usually do about three or four a week, combined with weight training and running (steady state cardio).
HIIT is not for the faint of heart. These workouts are supposed to be pretty grueling, and the expectation is that you go all out, giving it 110% of effort and then recover in between exercises.
Here’s a recent HIIT workout I’ve been doing, just in time for Valentine’s Day! I don’t know about you guys, but try as I might, I haven’t been able to totally avoid the chocolate and other treats hanging around lately, and frankly I don’t really want to!
Let me know if you try this one out and tell me what you think! If you don’t have a jump rope, just wing it and fake it. No stairs? No toe taps on a box or something. Just get moving and make it intense!