HIIT to Start
It’s summer holiday time again and before you know it some friend will be telling you which diet they are trying or which intagrammer has the best crazy programme for getting the best bikini body. The truth is, it’s not about one thing, or one programme. It’s about doing lots of little things right. From eating sensibly, to drinking in moderation to making sure you get some training done almost every day.
For most of us, getting to the gym 7 days a week just isn’t possible, especially if the session needs to be 40-60mins. Add changing and travelling and it’s a two hour evolution. Plus but the time it gets to 6pm and you’ve worked a 9hr day, dealt with all those imbeciles at work and have that report to read/write. Who has the time or energy to go to the gym.
Starter for 10.
How about throwing the routine on it’s head and doing some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) first thing instead? There’s no excuse like you had to work late or were too tired after work. You are doing this first thing. All you have to do is set the alarm 15minutes earlier, get up and do it. It’s down to you. How much you want to make those little changes and reach your goal. If you don’t really, you’ll HIIT snooze (yes, that’s an intentional pun, so every-time you do it now you feel bad) and go back to sleep. If you do, you’ll get up and HIIT it.
HIIT is interval training: short bouts of intense exercise then short bouts of rest repeated for a set period of time. You can do anything really from running, to skipping, to cycling, rowing, jumping, squats, press-ups. The list is endless.
For this, we are going to keep it simple. Three sessions:
EASY – jogging on the spot
INTERMEDIATE – running with knees to waistband on the spot
HARD – Tuck jumps
Choose your level and perform your chosen exercise for 30seconds on then 30 seconds off. That is one round.
Do this for 10 rounds which is 10minutes.
Reap the rewards.
Do this for at least 3 days a week, aim for 4 or 5 and I (almost) guarantee you’ll have more energy at work. People will say you look happier and more glowing. You’ll start to forget about the little things in life that annoy you. You’ll lose body fat (if you pay attention to your nutrition too) and just feel great in general.
Try it. It’s 10 minutes of your day. Not even every day. It’s nothing. If you care about your health, HIIT training has been shown to help ward off lifestyle disease like stroke, diabetes and heart attacks. If you still think you’ll struggle to do it, find a friend or colleague and agree to meet each morning and do it, or these days just get on Skype or FaceTime and do it together over that. A training partner encourages you when you don’t feel like it and then you do the same for them when it happens the other way around.
HIIT the mark.
If you do this for 10days, let us know. We’d be pleased to hear from anyone about how it made them feel and how it improved their life. That way we can all inspire each other to a fitter and healthier life.
Written by Sean Lerwill for The Hiit & Healthy Way.
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