I was never a huge fan of short workouts until I tried Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD. My prior belief was that in order for a workout to be effective, it needed to be at least 45 minutes. And it should somehow involve a cardio machine – preferably a treadmill.
My mindset started to change even more so after reading a few blog posts and fitness articles about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). From what I understand, HIIT is when you alternate high intensity and medium intensity exercises for a short period of time (no more then 20 minutes).
For someone who spends most of her day at work, HIIT is perfect for those days when I don’t have time for a long workout or class but really want to fit something in.
And it just so happens that today was one of those days. Instead of coming home and trying to think of every possible reason not to work out, I made some room in my living room and got to work.
Here’s what my workout looked like…
At first glance, this didn’t look like much. However, after completing three rounds, my legs are thinking something different. AND, most of the pushups I did were regular ones! So, my arms will also be feeling the burn tomorrow.
And if nothing else, workouts like this one bring some variety to something that can become monotonous rather quickly. And really, who doesn’t have 15 minutes to spare!?
Ok, off I go to make some dinner. Vishnu should be here in the next 30 minutes!!! I can’t wait to show him my newfound pushup skill!
Do you have a favorite HIIT workout? Please share!