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This time of year can be the hardest time to workout. Not only is it still too cold to go on a run or walk outside, but we are all just so busy. I know myself I do not have the time or money to drive to a gym, workout, then drive all the way back and shower and somehow get dinner ready in one afternoon.
About 3 years ago I decided to get rid of my gym membership and to start doing more at home workouts. I try to do some sort of cardio everyday and do weight training 2-3 times per week. One of my favorite ways to get cardio in is through HIIT workouts.
What is HIIT?
HIIT workouts are High Intensity Interval Training workout where you have periods of maximum effort followed by short periods of rest. HIIT workouts are meant to be short and efficient. They can be strength focused or cardio focused. I love to do both during the week. HIIT workouts are NOT meant to be done everyday. Preferably 1-3 times per week. This is because the workouts is to be done at 100% effort and it is supposed to be challenging. You should be completely out of breath during the workout.
Another reason why I love HIIT is that is builds up your cardiovascular system fast and it is the best workout to do to see faster results. You can see results in as little as 8-10 weeks of doing 2 workouts per week. Ever since I started doing HIIT I can run a faster mile than what I did in high school and college track.
BENEFITS of HIIT:
- HIIT is supposed to be under 30 minutes, it is easy to fit in during the day
- You burn calories HOURS after the workout because you are pushing your body outside of your own cardiovascular threshold
- It builds toned and lean muscle
- Anyone (except if you are pregnant) can do HIIT! I provide LOW options for every move in each video.
Below is my HIIT workout, if you want the PDF version where you can click to view how to do each move, click HERE and the workout will be sent to your inbox!