As the New Year approaches and you start considering what you’d like to accomplish in 2019, exercise and getting in shape are likely toward the top of your list.
But what are you going to do differently this year to make it happen?
How do you intend on overcoming the time constraints of your busy schedule?
Efficiency is key. Establishing and maintaining an exercise plan through the year is much easier when you don’t have to find a 1-2 hour window to hit the gym.
So, let‘s look into a time efficient, practical, and effective strategy you can incorporate into your routine.
HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training
A highly popular form of training in recent years—praised for saving time and scorching fat.
First, the name itself isn’t all that helpful in describing what you’re supposed to do. High intensity—Yes, but that could mean just about anything.
Powerlifting is technically high intensity, but that’s probably not what you thought of when you heard HIIT.
You’re thinking cardio - something that really gets your heart rate going.
Elevating your heart rate can be accomplished in a number of ways - but they aren’t all created equal.
For example, plyometric based workouts are a fine HIIT option for some but could prove dangerous and harmful for someone else.
So if you’re not an experienced gym goer here’s a safe, practical, and effective way to get in some HIIT.
Walking - or jogging – on the treadmill. For real, now hear me out.
What you’re gonna do is find a speed on the treadmill you can work at comfortably for 30 minutes. Once you figure out the speed, crank up the incline between 10-15% (depending on your fitness level) stay there for 1-2 minutes. Bring the incline back down to 0% for another 1-2 minutes. Repeat this 5 or 6 times.
Boom - high intensity interval training that probably won’t end up in injury.
Throw in one or two longer, less intense cardio sessions into your week, two or three lifting sessions (30-40minutes), and you’ll be good to go.
Not bad, right?
Unless you’re trying to reach extremely specific or lofty goals - you probably don’t need to workout as much as you think you do.
Let me know what you think.