HIIT is everywhere, since the likes of Joe Wicks exploded over youtube and insta a good 3ish years ago, High Intensity Interval Training is THE buzzword in the fitness industry right now.
I have been incorporating a HIIT workout or two into my weekly routine for about 3 years, throughout my pregnancy and not missing a session post pregnancy. This way of training, raising the heartbeat and working to your maximum for only 20-30 minutes is such an appealing trait; no slogging for hours in the gym when you can achieve some major fat burning in the comfort of your own home.
30 minutes won’t give you enough time to get bored especially as the programme usually has 40 seconds on and 20 off…40 seconds to squat jump your little heart out and trust me that’s enough when you are putting in 100%!
I recommend subscribing to Joe Wicks (The body coach) for some killer videos, a good starting point and then once you have been bitten by the bug, its easy to make up your own routines.
Some tips on creating your own routine :
- Download an interval timer – I use the app ‘IntervalTimer’ and pre set it with my length of exercise (1 minute) and length of rest (30 secs) and repeat it however many times desired. These apps will take care of the timings allowing you to just focus on the workout.
- Write down your planned routine, make it easy to read with varied moves then save it somewhere for when you have a quick 20 mins spare
- Pay attention to moves that make you really sweat- I always start my HIIT with a sprint on the spot to really raise my heart rate. Burpees is another killer move that I love to hate!
- Work all over the body- I love picking moves like jump squats to really work the lower body and press ups to target that chest/ arm area, make sure you target all different areas for maximum benefit.
- Research moves and their techniques – Spend time to look online or through other videos on how to perform a move, technique is important to prevent injury and also of course research will make sure you are getting the most out of your workout
A good HIIT session will get your body moving and blood pumping in the convenience of your own home, garden or hotel room (yep I love a good holiday jump around) without eating into too much of the day. I like to mix up my sessions with body pump, running and spinning; that way I wont get bored and my body doesn’t get used to just one form.
Disclaimer: I’m no way a qualified expert, just a keen bean when it comes to exercise and a mum looking to make my life easier!
Love Harriet x