It's been said that time is of the essence...
The thing is, time is (often times) in limited supply for many of us. We all have the same 24 hours each day, and we all have the same seven days each week. Those days and hours, though, have a tendency to get loaded down with work, family, and household obligations.
Sneaking in a workout, or even some personal time, can be a struggle.
It's those really busy days when I turn to an old standby...HIIT!
HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, has been around for a long time. It can encompass many forms, but in its most basic definition, it involves short intervals of intense cardio (and, on occasion, some strength) exercises.
For myself, I have several key exercises that I include in most of my HIIT workouts:
**A stairway. I know, this one's pretty obvious.
**Burpees. These are one of those moves that most of us love to hate because they're so tough.
**Mountain climbers. These have a way of sneaking up you (or at least they do me LOL).
**Push-ups. I typically filter these in as more of a recovery move.
**Body weight resistance moves. These don't need much explanation, but squats and lunges are the head-liners.
**Strength-training. I do a lot of simple upper-body strength moves, with a fairly low-weight, which allows for a high rep count.
**other "recovery" options: wall sits, planks, slow-mo push-ups
Here's one of my HIIT favorites: