Have you heard of HIIT?
It means High Intensity Interval Training – and if you’ve been exercising and not getting results, HIIT might be just the boost your body needs to supercharge fat loss and increase your fitness.
The basic premise behind HIIT is that you work really hard for a short burst and then have an active recovery period (so you might sprint for 30 seconds and then jog or walk for 1 minute, for example). You would repeat this workout routine numerous times for the best effect (preferably for at least 20 minutes).
The great thing about HIIT is that it doesn’t require you to be at the gym at all. HIIT can be used as a method of fat loss and will improve fitness with any form of cardiovascular exercise – walking, sprinting, cycling, swimming, and so on.
If you don’t want to time yourself, use lampposts, trees or driveways as a guide. For example, power walk or jog to the fourth lamppost, then walk at medium pace for two lampposts, and repeat.
Try it in the park: power walk to a tree in the distance, and then walk to the next tree and repeat.
At the pool: Sprint freestyle for one lap, then slow breaststroke back to the wall, and repeat.
On the footpath: Sprint for three lampposts, then walk for two lampposts, and repeat.
On your bike: Sprint for a set distance, then slow the pace for a set distance using road markers as your guide, and repeat.
Remember to include a five-minute warm up and cool down to begin and end each HIIT session.