If you are looking for a change in your regular cardio routine—whether it’s running, using the elliptical, stair master or stationary bike, you should consider adding HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). It will help you build strength and improve your physique.
Because we’re still focusing on back-to-school week, this workout can be done at a local school on a track. The great thing about HIIT workouts is they are usually no more than 30 minutes. So take your kiddos with you and they can play and run while you sweat away!
HIIT for track running:
- Warm up for 5 minutes at an easy pace
- Sprint for 30 seconds
- Walk/jog to recover for 1 minute
- Repeat 12 times
- Cool down with a 5 minute walk/jog
I like to do interval training once or twice a week to make sure my body doesn’t get used to just one type of workout and lead to the dreaded ‘plateau’. Be sure to warm up/cool down and don’t push yourself too hard so that you avoid injury. Here are some other great options for HIIT workouts:
- For the Stationary Bike click on this link.
- For a Treadmill run go here. Be sure to adjust the paces to your current fitness level!
- For the Elliptical this site has a great plan.
Finally, most cardio machines have an option for interval training–try it out! Nothing gets me to work up a sweat like a HIIT session. If you need more convincing as to why you should add HIIT to your workout routine, SHAPE magazine lists 8 great reasons, my favorite being: you’ll burn fat not muscle.
Never Give Up!
Try a HIIT workout and come back and tell us how it went! If you got super sweaty—you did it right!