High Intensity is where it’s at!

baby fat Ok, as promised I am posting something about H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training).  You have probably heard that interval training increases the fat burning of your workout effort, but if not…you have now, and it does.  So is there a simple way to add this into your workout routine?  Is there a way to use this news in your life even if you don’t workout regularly?  YES!

There is a lot of information available online and in health and fitness magazine about H.I.I.T., but I like things simple so I’m going to give you the “Jodi version”.  I do workout regularly and am an advocate of the K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid) model in as much of my life as possible and certainly in my workouts!  When I first started hearing about interval training it sounded like a complicated recipe:  start at an effort level of 3 for 1 min, then change to an effort level of 5 for 3 minutes, then change to an effort level of 3 for 1 minute, then change to an effort level of 8 for 30 seconds…you get the picture, it didn’t sound like anything I was interested in!  As I continued to read about interval training and the benefits to your bodies, I decided to work it into my routine however I could.  Sometimes I think we get the impression that if we can’t (or won’t) do something the “perfect” way then we should not do it at all and that is just not true when it comes to adding intervals into your life.

Enough about that, let’s get to the bottom line.  I run a couple of times a week.  Nothing spectacular, not in races, just for me, for my fitness, for my mental stability.  I also lift weights a couple of times a week, so that I workout 4-5 times a week most weeks.  I tend to get bored quickly so I really like to mix things up.  I run one day, then lift the next, then run, then do a yoga DVD, then run…you get it I’m sure.  Last week I ramped up my intervals on one of my runs and I felt like a super star when I was done!  I did not so much enjoy it while I was doing it, but the reward at the end was worth it.  Instead of timing intervals and having to keep track of that, I just set landmarks while I was running, or counted in my head, that way I didn’t have to focus on a watch and I could just pay attention to my body and make sure I didn’t trip and fall down!   This plan is great because you can start wherever you are physically.  If you are used to walking for exercise, great, as you walk, add in an interval where you walk as fast as you can for a time, then resume your normal pace, then after a while ramp it up again.  After you do that for a couple of times, you can add an interval of an easy jog.  See…simple.  If you are already someone who works out, just add in intervals to whatever you are doing to get your heart rate soaring a few times during your workout.  The health benefits are enormous as your heart muscle becomes stronger, your intervals can increase and your endurance will increase and feeling like a super star will be part of your normal life!  A perk to all of this is that after a workout with interval training, you metabolism remains high for several hours longer than if you have a work out without interval training.  Hence…more fat burning…yay for fat burning.

So, give it a whirl.  If you don’t normally work out, you can add this in too.  A few times a day just do 10 jumping jacks, or run up a flight of stairs, or play tag with your kids…be creative and you can find ways to start ramping up your heart rate and your fitness and you will start seeing the benefits too!  This is the perfect week to start with turkey day just around the corner I might add…

 

 

 

 

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Mercy Girls from 3rd floor!

Hello ladies,

Our u.b.healthy group starts today!  11:00-12:00 at the hospital in conference room 2 – be there or…ok, there’s no threatening “or” but I’d love to have you be a part of this group!  If you aren’t able to come, no worries,  I’ll be sending out an email next week with the highlights so you’ll still be in the loop.  Have a great week and take good care of yourself!

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