Confession: I’m not a fan of working out. I do it so I can drink good beer and eat more cheese than a person should. Living a healthy lifestyle is a give-take relationship. It requires flexibility. It requires balance. KICK ASS for 12 minutes a day and enjoy more of your day to a fuller extent!
I lost 25 pounds at home doing HIITs and eating right. So today, I’m going to share with you on why I chose High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and why it may be a good fit for you as well.
1) AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT
An hour long workout? Running endlessly on a treadmill? Going to the gym? These are a list of things that I don’t want to do. High Intensity Interval Workouts only take 12 minutes. That was the biggest selling point to me. Working out at all is not going to be fun for me, but I’d rather suffer for only 12 minutes than 60! HOWEVER, you will be busting your ass harder than you ever have running on a treadmill. If we are only going for 12 minutes, WE ARE GOING FOR 12 MINUTES!
Your body will continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours after you are done working out. Wait…..WHAT? Yes please.
3) NEVER BORING
Ever zone out running on a treadmill? Yeah, me neither! However, when I’m on a treadmill, I try and not look at the time, I cover it with a towel or magazine just hoping it will make time move faster (it never does).
With HIIT, you are working your ass off for 30-50 seconds and then changing to the next thing. It’s constantly challenging your body and you never have time to get bored.
4) WEIGHTS BURN MORE FAT, FASTER
Alright ladies: You will not get bulky. So just stop, right now. Lifting heavy will only help you shed fat faster. If you’re not taking daily doses of synthetic testosterone, you are in the clear. MUSCLE DICTATES METABOLISM. The more lean muscle you have on your body, the more fat you are burning, even at rest. Incorporate some weights into your HIIT workouts for even faster results!
5) DO IT ANYWHERE!
HIIT incorporates bodyweight exercises (lunges, squats, burpees, tuck jumps, push-ups) so you can literally do them anywhere. Apartment? Check. Hotel Room (while your family watches in jealousy)? Check. Park? Check.
HIITs are great for vacation and business trips. You want to stay active and get a workout in, but you have a busy schedule? Easy. HIITS are roughly 12 minutes. No more sneaking down to the hotel fitness center to run on their 1980’s treadmill!
So, to RECAP!
You will burn more calories, in less time, doing an exciting workout anywhere you want to? Now your next question maybe, What does a HIIT workout look like?
I’ve created one for you to try!
Using your smartphone, you can download in Interval Timer app, or you can find one online and just pull it up on your computer for your at-home workout.
If you have weights at home or take this workout to the gym and can include a medicine ball/free weights to make this a little more difficult, do it! It’s even more efficient!
You work as hard as you can for the full 50 seconds! Make alterations where you have to, drop the weight, but DO NOT STOP. Lower the intensity before you just give up and take a break. The most important part is to keep going until you hear the buzzer.
Let me know how you did and what you thought of the first ever Work-It Wednesday! Did you learn anything? Did you sweat?