Whether you’re experiencing a lack of time or a lack of motivation, sometimes it’s just hard to devote a regular block of time to your fitness routine. Fortunately, there are ways to incorporate a great workout into your life, no matter how busy or unmotivated you may be. If this sounds like something you need, it’s time you get acquainted with a workout routine known as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). These next five exercises, as recommended in a post by Web MD, involve short bursts of intense activity for a healthy balance between aerobic and anaerobic exercise. As you’ll realize, each exercise is incredibly efficient and time saving – perfect for anyone with a hectic schedule. You can follow all five of these in order, or pick and choose which ones you’d like to do on a particular day.
As with any exercise routine, you’ll want to warm up to start, but HIIT still requires you to hit the ground running, so try warming up with a power walk. Set your treadmill or elliptical machine at a degree that is a challenge for you, and walk at a fast pace for five minutes, making sure to keep your elbows above your heart for the whole walk. Once you are done, get off and stretch your entire body.
From here, you will want to start sprinting. After your stretches are done, get back on the treadmill, returning the incline to 0 angle, and sprint at your fastest rate for thirty seconds. After the 30-second burst is up, slow down to a walk for one minute.
After the sprint and walk recovery, it is time to get off the treadmill and so squats. For your squats, make sure your bottom is pushed out to the rear, with your legs slightly apart. Now comes the high-intensity part: jump from this position into the air, and be sure to land back in the same squatting position. Repeat for one set of 15 reps to really work out your quadriceps.
Now get ready for some push ups. Place your elbows at a 90-degree angle from your body and do one set of 15 pushups.
Finally, do some jumping jacks! Maybe you haven’t done these in a while, but they do provide a great workout. Do one set of 15 of these, or add on more sets and reps if you can.
These short exercises are incredibly beneficial for your overall health and wellness, and it’s a great added bonus that they are so efficient. Be sure to give yourself at least one full minute to recover in between each high-intensity workout, because HIIT works best when there is a healthy balance of exercise and rest. Since you can do most of these exercises practically anywhere, you now no longer have an excuse to skip out on your fitness goals. When you see the results, you won’t want to stop your HIIT routine.
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