HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training, is one of the most effective ways to burn fat! One of the great things about HIIT, especially for busy mums, is that you can get a great workout in around 20mins so you don’t have to spend hours and hours at the gym to get fitter, leaner & stronger….
Busy mums often use the excuse ‘I haven’t got time to exercise’, well now there is no more excuses. If you haven’t got much time, you will just have to work extra hard in the time that you have.
HIIT is all about Quality over Quantity. Lots of people spend hours at the gym or working out and wonder why they aren’t getting results. If you add some short, sharp HIIT workouts into your exercise program, you will notice a difference within a few weeks.
The reason HIIT workouts are usually shorter, is because when you are doing the High Intensity workouts, if you are doing it for longer than 30mins, you aren’t working hard enough. The idea is to work harder and faster for a short amount of time, which in turn will boost your metabolism and burn fat.
HIIT is for everyone, not just busy mums. It’s perfect for anyone that is short of time. Adding HIIT to your exercise plan is perfect if you have hit a fitness rut, or a plateau or you just want a change. But make sure, as you are getting fitter and stronger, that you continually challenge yourself to push yourself harder.
What does a High Intensity Interval Workout look like?
Interval training can be done with a range of different exercises such as running, riding, swimming – it’s all about getting your heart rate pumping as fast as it can, having a short rest and then pumping it up again. Interval training isn’t just limited to cardio exercises, it goes hand in hand with Strength & Conditioning exercises too.
An example of a Cardio High Intensity workout:
- Easy jog for 60 secs, sprint for 30 secs, repeat 5 mins
- Easy jog for 45 secs, sprint for 45 secs, repeat for 5mins
- Easy jog for 30 secs, sprint for 60 secs, repeat for 5 mins
An example of a Strength & Conditioning High Intensity workout:
- 1 Minute Squats
- 1 Minute Squat Jumps
- 1 Minute Push Ups
- 1 Minute Mountain Climbers
- 1 Minute Power Lunges – alternate legs – if you want to increase the intensity here, doing plyometric lunges instead
- 1 Minute Burpees
- 30 Secs
Repeat for as many rounds as you can, in the time that you have. If you are doing more than 4 rounds, you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough!
REMEMBER – It’s all about the INTENSITY! Push yourself until you can’t possibly do any more!
Yours in good health