What do you do to stay fit and active? Please share when you have a moment as I am curious if you are enjoying a rare sport I should be aware of like Paintball Circuit Training (no doubt…a friend of mine really does this for his exercise! How cool is that?)
Lately, I have needed to balance long hikes, and barre class with short bursts of exercise. Why? I have been traveling nonstop, and managing a very active schedule. To ensure I still get my sweat on despite short windows of time, I have opted for Boot Camp-Style training I can do outside, in my hotel room, at a friend’s house, or in my home. It’s know as HIIT––High Intensity Interval Training. Have you heard of this?
If you have and are intrigued, I challenge you to put HIIT to the test. It will keep your nerves from fraying at both ends during your busy holiday season, and you will be ready to show off your trim and toned physique at your next soiree.
What’s even more fantastic, is doing this type of at-home training puts time back in your pocket since there is no gym to drive to, and you won’t be committing to an hour long class. (They have their place too, just maybe not during this super active season.) With HIIT, you can allocate your precious minutes to important tasks such as perfecting your Pinterest baking, or packing your bag for holiday travel. And, since you don’t need to leave the house, you can even get your sweat on in your PJ’s if you wish! This should all be good news as our focus these two months is to keep you from feeling frantic.
So you in for the challenge? I know you can carve out 15-20 minutes to support the wellbeing of your physical body and I want to hear back from you on your progress.
Now That You Are Committed, Follow These Four Simple Steps to Sweat it Out!
Step 1: Queue Your Beats
Make a playlist or select tunes on your stereo or favorite internet radio station that motivate and inspire you to shake your money maker.
Step 2: Look the part
I know I referenced to Pj’s earlier but I have only worn them twice (hee hee.) If sexy Glyder gear really gets your engine revved, than pull on that stylish wear and get your game face on.
Step 3: Keep Time
Most smartphones have a stopwatch function in the ‘Utilities’ folder. Set it for 15-20 minutes. If you are sans a smartphone, set a kitchen or computer timer instead. Have a groovy interval training device like the Gymboss? Set it for a total of 15-20 minutes, with 20 seconds active and 10 second rest intervals, or which ever intervals you choose. You may prefer one minute active and one minute of rest or 50 seconds of high intensity and 10 seconds of recovery. You will get incredible results no matter which ratio you choose.
Step 4: Rage Against the Routine
There are dozens of varieties of HIIT training and you will want to select the one most suitable for your activity level, ability, and that which is safest for your body type and condition of health. Like with all new training and diet programs, you may want to consult your health care provider before proceeding.
Below I have provided a 4-minute workout video. If you are just starting out, you may opt to do only one round of the blast. If you are a fitness guru, go for a full 20 minutes by completing five rounds. You can run through the provided exercises or mix it up by including Plank, Pushups, Situps, Lunges, or Jump Rope.
If this routine doesn’t get your blood pumping, browse here for more selections.