Workout Of The Week
Kicking off this new series, I decided to first try out HIIT style workouts. HIIT, or high intensity interval training, involves short, intense work periods followed by a quick recovery period. This style has quite a few benefits:
- It increases your heart rate to burn fat.
- It can increase your metabolism and lower your blood pressure.
- Most HIIT workouts are usually between 10 and 30 minutes, so you don’t need to block off a large chunk of time for your workout.
- They generally don’t require any equipment, so you can do them anywhere.
I followed a few Sydney Cummings HIIT workout videos on YouTube. I chose her workout videos because she completes the full workout in the video alongside of you rather than just telling you what to do. I found this helpful and motivational, especially when she was real about struggling through moves. She modifies most moves to include different fitness levels, and demonstrates low-impact modifications if you have pain in your ankles, knees, etc. She often uses light dumbbells in her workouts as well.
HIIT workouts can seem very intimidating at first. My first thought went to burpees, which make me out of breath just thinking about them. Fortunately, Sydney's videos only occasionally featured burpees, and there was a wide range of moves to keep me moving. The high intensity exercises luckily only last for short bursts, which make you appreciate the short recovery periods and give it your all while you are working.
Overall, I really enjoyed the HIIT workouts. I sweat like crazy, felt all of my muscles working, and I wasn’t bored with the pace or exercises. Because the workouts were shorter, I had to push myself hard to get the most out of the time. I noticed a slow improvement in my endurance and strength, which was one of my goals in beginning these workouts. If you’re short on time but still want to get a sweaty workout in, I recommend trying a HIIT workout! Stay tuned for the next workout of the week: yoga!