So glad you liked Colleen’s Best Life story! I think that it’s pretty common for people that have had eating issues to become interested in health. Like I always say, it is unfortunately true that it often takes being very unhealthy to realize the importance of being healthy.
Despite being an insomniac lately (seriously, I’m usually lying awake in bed until 1am until I finally fall asleep. Only to get up at 5 am. I don’t know how I’m even alive right now) I was raring to go for my usual Tuesday morning Body Pump class.
I like to get a little bit of cardio in before Body Pump, but usually have less than a half hour before it starts at 6am. Luckily, that’s the perfect amount of time for a heart-pumping HIIT workout!
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. From Sparkpeople.com,
“HIIT is a specialized form of interval training that involves short intervals of maximum intensity exercise separated by longer intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise. Because it involves briefly pushing yourself beyond the upper end of your aerobic exercise zone, it offers you several advantages that traditional steady-state exercise can’t provide:
- HIIT trains and conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems. You train your anaerobic system with brief, all-out efforts, like when you have to push to make it up a hill, sprint the last few hundred yards of a distance race, or run and hide from your spouse after saying the wrong thing.
- HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session and afterward because it increases the length of time it takes your body to recover from each exercise session.
- HIIT causes metabolic adaptations that enable you to use more fat as fuel under a variety of conditions. This will improve your athletic endurance as well as your fat-burning potential.
- HIIT appears to limit muscle loss that can occur with weight loss, in comparison to traditional steady-state cardio exercise of longer duration.
- To get the benefits HIIT, you need to push yourself past the upper end of your aerobic zone and allow your body to replenish your anaerobic energy system during the recovery intervals.”
My 20 Minute HIIT Workout:
- min 1-5: 6.6mph warm up
- min 5-6: 8.5mph
- min 6-7: 6.7mph
- min 7-8: 8.7mph
- min 8-9: 6.7mph
- min 9-10: 8.9mph
- min 10-11: 6.7mph
- min 11-12: 9.1mph
- min 12-13: 6.7mph
- min 13-14: 9.3mph
- min 14-15: 6.7mph
- min 15-16: 9.5mph
- min 16-17: 6.7mph
- min 17-18: 8.5mph
- min 18-20: 6.7mph cool down
- Does your workout routine include HIIT?