Do you find it very difficult to fit exercise into your busy schedule? As moms, we often put our needs “on the back burner,” placing everyone else’s needs above our own. Of course we want to care for our families, but it doesn’t have to be at the sake of our own self-care. If time is the reason why you haven’t been getting your workout in, I have great news. High intensity interval training will help you reach your fitness goals, maintaining and improving your own health in a fraction of the time you may have been spending during those long, boring cardio sessions.
A lack of results from your fitness routine can also be a frustrating reason why you’re not committed to a regular workout. Maybe you’re trying to shed some extra baby weight, gain strength, tone or endurance. High-intensity interval training is your answer. Spending hours at the gym or on an uninspiring cardio machine is simply not necessary and for many of us, often impossible while caring for a family.
So what is high intensity interval training?
HIIT is a workout routine that combines periods of less-intense activity with intense bursts of activity lasting 30-60 seconds. This switch-up makes your body work harder and burn calories faster than at a constant pace. These maximum capacity intervals also provide many health benefits. Continue reading “High Intensity Interval Training Part 1: A Huge Fitness Hit for Busy Moms”
Other than fat loss, it seems the most popular reason to perform cardio routines is for heart health. Helgurud, et al (2004) found high intensity aerobic exercise is superior to moderate exercise as well when studying stable patients with coronary artery disease. Dr. Al Sears, author of the book “The Doctor’s Heart Cure,” is quoted as saying : “Heart attacks aren’t caused by a lack of endurance. Heart attacks typically occur at rest or at periods of very high cardiac output. Often there is a sudden increase in demand. A person lifts a heavy object or receives an unexpected emotional blow. The sudden demand for cardiac output exceeds the heart’s capacity to adapt. What you really need is a faster cardiac output. By exercising for long periods, you actually induce the opposite response. When you exercise continuously for more than about 10 minutes, your heart has to become more efficient. Greater efficiency comes from downsizing. Continue reading “Heart Health”
This will burst a lot of people’s bubbles. How often do you see the same person at the gym night after night doing cardio with great dedication and not losing any weight? The following will help you to use your time wisely and get better results There are three energy systems the body uses. (1) The Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) energy system, which provides instant energy for intense exercise such as that used by a powerlifter performing a 1-repetition max; (2) The Non-Oxidative/Glycolytic energy system, which starts to be used after the first 2-3 seconds of exercise, such as that used by a 100 meter sprinter; and (3) The Oxidative energy system, which is used for events lasting longer than 2 minutes. The latter is the most common association people have with doing “cardio” (Wilkins).
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