High Intensity Interval Training

MoveMe wants you to make your exercise count, there is no point slogging it out for an hour if you can get it done 20 minutes… right?

This is why we are right behind HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), and we want you to try it too. Scientific research has found that just several minutes of intense exercise is more effective than 30-50 minutes of moderate intensity exercise for improving blood glucose control, fitness, reducing body mass, improving heart health and many other aspects of health.

It is important to note that the exercise intensity (pace or resistance) is all relative to your own fitness level. For example, on a scale of 1-10 (1 being resting and 10 being the hardest you can possible push yourself) the high intensity intervals are your 8-10 and the recovery periods are your 3-4. Real life examples of interval training include, touch, football, netball, spin class and any kind of circuit training.

If you are interested, here are a few good HIIT workouts for you to try:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwLKVkTqtW4

http://www.fitsugar.com/Sprint-Interval-Treadmill-Workout-32581282

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNTgk_RnCno

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/484488872384890699/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/480407485220936433/

You could also set up your own circuit, working all the muscles in the body. You could do 1 minute on an exercise, then 1 minute of recovery. Here are some examples of exercises you could include.

And here’s a full 7 minute circuit (click on the image to enlarge it).

HIT circuit

Remember these can all be toned down to your level, and they don’t have to be high impact. Ready to give it a go?

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