I‘ve put on a bit of weight over this past year since having my spinal op. Not a lot but enough for it to start bothering me as my clothes have gotten tighter. I used to love going to the gym but I haven’t been able to work out for a long time whilst I recovered and now I’m struggling to find the time to fit it in. So the solution to both problems is to concentrate on some HIIT work outs.
HIIT is high intensity interval training, it’s hard work but you push yourself for shorter bursts then slow down again in intervals. Meaning you can reduce the time of your workout, burn fat & build your fitness level. I’ve found the benefits of HIIT for us busy mums are:
1. YOU CAN DO IT IN 30 MINS OR LESS
Instead of slogging it out in the gym on the bike, cross trainer & treadmill for an hour or more, I can do a 30 min HIIT workout on the treadmill or take a class. Then I can be back home before the school run or fit in a quick 30 mins when the hubby gets home from work.
2. YOU’LL KEEP BURNING CALORIES FOR HOURS AFTERWARDS
HIIT burns more calories during & after a workout than continuous aerobic training. The exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive, meaning you burn more calories after your workout than you would after a steady run.
3. IT HELPS YOU BUILD LEAN MUSCLE & DROP FAT
Getting rid of the mum tum is my ideal. Since my op I seem to have put on the weight around my middle & thighs so dropping fat is key for me, I just don’t like to jiggle! I want my gym bunny bod back, ok it was never fully honed but I was happy with it.
4. YOU DON’T NEED EQUIPMENT OR A GYM MEMBERSHIP
You can do a HIIT workout from home, you don’t need anything specialist or even have to join a gym. I like to go to the gym as it’s my me time. I run my business from home around the kids so getting out of the house is my break away and my time to relieve stress. But you can get a great workout in your bedroom or living room, Pinterest has some great home HIIT workouts.
5. YOU GET A LITTLE BREAK
A HIIT work out goes in bursts of really high intensity, it’s hard bloody work for the bursts of high intensity but following each interval you do get a bit of a breather and have a little rest before the next burst so you do get a little break…
Do you like HIIT? Would you consider this type of work out over traditional cardio sessions?