HIIT me

Why do I HIIT? 

When I moved back home in June after finishing my final year of uni, there were many changes to deal with. I was no longer living with my friends, cooking what I wanted, eating when I wanted,  or doing whatever I liked. 
One of the biggest changes to my lifestyle was the loss of my gym membership. I used to visit the gym 4-5 times a week, but at home I'm at least two bus rides away from the closest gym.


I'm the kind of person who is motivated by my surroundings; being in the gym or in an exercise class always gives me the inspiration to push that bit harder. So being back at home, I've had to find the motivation from within to adapt my workouts and maintain my fitness.

Luckily for me, I have a 3 mile bike ride to and from my part-time job, four times a week (So I always get some cardio!) In addition, I've been doing 2-3 HIIT home workouts a week and some yoga too.

What is HIIT? It's short, intense bursts of exercise followed by shorter periods of active rest. Typically I do 4 rounds per exercise; 20 seconds on followed by 10 seconds off. 

The benefits of HIIT are endless; it speeds up your metabolism, burns more calories than regular cardio exercise in a shorter space of time, it doesn't require any special gym equipment, and it's lower impact on your joints than intense exercise like running.
What's more, you only need to do a 20 minute HIIT workout to feel the full effects. Also, because your body is working to its maximum, you continue burning more calories than usual for over 24 hours after your workout.

You can do whatever exercises you choose, targeting different muscle groups and mixing in fat-burning cardio intervals.

My typical HIIT routine:

Warm up:
45 secs boxer jog
45 secs walk out plank
45 secs slow burpees
45 secs high knees
45 secs butt kickers

HIIT 
4x 20 secs on 10 secs off 
Alternate leg lunges 
Burpees
Mountain climber get ups 
Lateral jump + ski squats

1 min active rest (jogging on spot. You can add high knees if you want to really make yourself work!)

Jumping jacks
Pop squat jumps
V sit ups
Table top dips

Cool down:
1 min jogging on the spot 
Followed by inner thigh, quad and hip flexer leg stretches, Holding each stretch for 15 secs
Finish with Cobra and child's pose. 

Do you incorporate HIIT workouts in your training?
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