Being tight for time is the biggest excuse given for not being able to exercise!

Have you tried HIIT training?

 

What is HIIT training?

HIIT training is a cardio based session arranged as short bursts of very hard work. The whole point of high-intensity training is to kick up the intensity of your cardio. In order to qualify as true HIIT, you’ll need to push yourself to the max during every set. That’s why they’re short—anywhere from 20 to 90 seconds, typically. It’s the opposite of going for a long run where you ration your energy in order to sustain the activity for longer. So HIIT training is perfect if your tight for time!

Benefits of HIIT

Numerous studies have shown that working at your max is key when it comes to boosting endurance, increasing metabolism, regulating insulin levels, and losing body fat.

As most people already know – all exercise helps burn fat by burning calories. However, the higher the intensity of your exercises, the greater amount of fat gets burnt, and that’s part of the reason HIIT is so popular.

Compared to many other cardio workouts, HIIT training can be a more effective way to loose those unwanted pounds. HIIT routines that involve bodyweight work (push-ups) or added weight, such as dumbbells, kettlebells, or medicine balls, will help tone your muscles while increasing your heart rate!

 

Give it a go!!

I find it useful to perform my HIIT workouts with a gym buddy. Firstly, because you never push yourself hard enough when working on your own! There always seems to be an excuse for doing that last set/rep! Secondly, two brains working together can create some awesome HIIT circuits with a wide variety of exercises! Lastly, friendly competition is always healthy. It may just be me (because I’m very completive), but I love getting in an extra rep or getting my heart rate higher than my gym buddy! This all intern makes me work harder, leading to more calorie burning – everybody wins!!

 

HIIT work out example

HIIT workouts are based around working for a set time and then resting for a set time e.g. work for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds, or work for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds.

Do each move in this HIIT cardio workout below for your selected interval. At the end of each circuit, rest for 60 seconds. Each circuit will be seven minutes total, including the rest period. Do the entire circuit four times for a total of 28 minutes. Note: You can easily adjust the length of this workout by simply adding or eliminating a circuit. Remember to stop if you feel any pain and consult your physiotherapist.

– Butt Kicker

– Squat Jump

 

A full body workout, with a totalling time of 28 minutes! Who said they don’t have enough time to workout?

You can change up any of the exercises, the HIIT workout above is a body weight workout. But you could add in weights if you need.

Remember doing something is better than nothing!

 

Here at Comfort Health

If you have any questions regarding the exercises mentioned above or would love your own personalised HIIT program, get in touch with us today. We can offer a full body assessment, along with a tailor made HIIT program to fit in with any new year goals you may have.