For yesterday’s run, I did a HIIT workout. HIIT is just what it sounds like – working out at a high intensity for an interval of time. It focuses on exercises that use major muscle groups (running, jogging, walking, ellipticalling, spinning or other full body type exercises). HIIT is great for fat loss because it burns a lot of calories in a shorter amount of time because it has you working very hard.
- Choose an activity
- Warm up for about 5 minutes.
- Challenge yourself to work as hard as you can for 2 minutes. (run, sprint, jog, depending on your level)
- Recover with a light form of the exercise (jog, walk) for 4 minutes.
- Repeat 2 and 4 minute intervals for 20-60 minutes.
- Cool down for at least 5 minutes or until your heart rate is near resting.
- challenges your body
- can be done on many types of equipment or with no equipment at all
- burn lots of calories and fat
- is good for boredom because you do something different every few minutes
- if you are running, you cover a great distance pretty fast!
- it’s HARD (that is a positive too!)
- you have to motivate yourself to work as hard as you can
- it’s tough on your body
Things to keep in mind
*** CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR before starting a new workout plan. I am just giving my thoughts, ideas, opinions and I am not a doctor.
- Don”t do HIIT everyday. It is meant to be done every few days so your body can rest and rebuild
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after this workout and any workout
- Wear a heart rate monitor if you have one so you can keep track of how your body is doing.
My workout from yesterday was a 4.7 mile run using the HIIT. I pushed Anna in my jogging stroller while running. Here are my stats:
- Max HR – 181 (about 91% of my max heart rate)
- Average HR – 154 (about 70% of my max hear rate)
Time – 40 min. 8:30 min/mile
Let me know if you do HIIT or if you try it!