Not only can going to the gym be time consuming and difficult to stick with, but it can also seem overwhelming to try and make it there enough to actually start seeing weight loss results. The good news is that there is an exercise regimen you can do from the convenience of your own home, and it only takes 10 minutes. Studies show that High Intensity Interval Training otherwise known as HIIT helps you to burn more calories, loose more fat, and improve cardiovascular fitness without the time commitment or hassle of making it to the gym. Best of all, there is no equipment necessary, and it’s scientifically proven to work!
HIIT is a specialized form of interval training that involves short intervals of maximum intensity exercises separated by longer intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise. This style of interval training is based on the idea that short bursts of strenuous exercise combined with short recovery breaks in between, can have a huge impact on the body. The principles of HIIT can be applied to any aerobic exercise you like, including running, biking, stair climbing, swimming, jumping rope and even skipping. The workouts are tough but they only last a few minutes, requiring you to push your body near its limits during the high intensity segments. How do you know you are working at a high enough intensity? During the high intensity segments, you should be too winded to carry on a conversation.
Below is an example of a 10 minute HIIT workout.
1. Warm up for 2 minutes
2. Pedal, run or swim all out for 20 seconds
3. Pedal, run or swim slow and easy for 2 minutes
4. Pedal, run or swim all out for 20 seconds
5. Pedal, run or swim slow and easy for 2 minutes
6. Pedal, run or swim all out for 20 seconds
7. Pedal, run or swim slow and easy for 2 minutes
8. Cook down for 3 minutes
To get to most out of your HIIT exercise regimen, you need to build a healthy habit by doing it at least 3 times a week. Check out the HIIT class offered on the portal to get started adding it into your exercise routine. You can also do it on your own time by picking a spot in your house, putting on some energizing tunes, and get moving! HIIT is just one of the many ways you can get fit and healthy, while boosting your mood and giving you an extra burst of energy. Jump start your weight loss journey today with HIIT.