Make Your Workout Work Better – Try HIIT

exercise-stairsHave you ever seen those people in the gym day after day, week after week, and possibly year after year putting in the time, effort and energy but never getting the results they’re after?

Want to boost your results? Interval training is incredibly effective. With high intensity interval training, or HIIT, you’re using short bursts of intense movements for up to a minute, then bringing your heart rate and intensity down for a few minutes until you’re ready to increase the intensity again. The entire workout can be less than 20 minutes but the impact is huge. You can do this with little or no equipment and the results come quickly – truly the perfect workout for busy professionals. Continue reading “Make Your Workout Work Better – Try HIIT”

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5 Reasons to Exercise in the Morning

exerciseMost mornings seem rushed and chaotic. Between getting ready for work and kids off to school, it’s hard to fathom squeezing in 30 minutes to exercise… but that’s what I did and it feels great.

The key was going to bed earlier and waking up 30 minutes earlier. Initially,  I would set my phone alarm and place it on the other side of the room, so I was forced to get up. Once I was up, I just made my way downstairs and did a HIIT (High Intenisty Interval Training) program. At first it was tough, but as the weeks went by I began to feel more energized and it has become routine. Here are 5 reasons why you should exercise in the morning! Continue reading “5 Reasons to Exercise in the Morning”

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End the “No Time to Workout” Excuse With HIIT

hiit-2Too busy to get fit? Those days of long, drawn out (and boring) cardio workouts are over. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or burst training can give you many more benefits in a fraction of the time.

So What is HIIT?

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 more calories faster than at a constant pace.

Here’s an example of a quick HIIT work out:

Complete a warm up at a slow pace to stimulate blood flow to muscles. Follow this low-intensity with 30 seconds to 1 minute of intense “bursting.” Follow this burst with 1 to 2 minutes of brisk walking or light jogging to bring your heart rate back down again. This 1 to 2 minute alternation can be repeated for 15 or more minutes. Continue reading “End the “No Time to Workout” Excuse With HIIT”

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High Intensity Interval Training Part 2: A Huge Fitness Hit For Busy Moms

hiit 2In last week’s post we talked about what HIIT is (High Intensity Interval Training) and offered simple ways to create your own personalized HIIT routine. Here are the many benefits a HIIT routine can provide, giving you even more reason to try it.

Efficiency. YES, you can benefit your body in 20 minutes rather than 45 minutes to an hour! Research shows 15-20 minutes of HIIT can help you better achieve your weight and fitness goals than 1 hour on the treadmill or elliptical.

Increased fat burned. The body better oxidizes fats during a HIIT routine. Hyper-exertion stimulates hyper-repair; which means you can burn more fat and calories in the whole day after a HIIT session than you could after a steady-paced cardio session. This is great news for new moms! When we’ve added excess pounds to our pregnancy weight gain, we’re often left with some extra “souvenirs” from our pregnancy, in the form of a few (or many) extra pounds to lose. To lose post-baby-weight and burn fat, HIIT is truly a win-win!  Continue reading “High Intensity Interval Training Part 2: A Huge Fitness Hit For Busy Moms”

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High Intensity Interval Training Part 1: A Huge Fitness Hit for Busy Moms

hiitDo 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”

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