High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training (H.I.I.T. for short) is a fun, challenging workout for people in all levels of fitness as all workouts can be modified to your abilities. HIIT has numerous health benefits according to research (1,2,3,4).It involves a warm-up period followed by alternating periods of high, high intensity cardio exercises and periods of rest. I took a HIIT class for the first time today and it was a no joke! I loved it though because the conveniently timed rest periods in between each workout really helped me push harder. I was shocked at what my body was capable of by the end of it. I really recommend you wear comfortable gym clothes and supportive shoes. This is also a class that you’ll definitely want to have a water bottle for. Here are five things you need to know before trying HIIT:

    • Know that this class is going to be challenging! You might be intimidated and put off going at first, but I promise that showing up is just half the battle. Write the class on your calendar; You’ll thank yourself later. 
    • Be easy on yourself– Know that you most likely won’t be able to do everything 100% in the first class. Modify the movements in the class to challenge yourself. What is challenging for you is not going to look the same as what the person next to you is doing. 
    • S M I L E. This one really helps because it is going to be a little uncomfortable at times but smiling. Fake it until you make it! 
    • Know that age really doesn’t matter. Some of those little old ladies in there put me to shame. There are a variety of different skill levels in people of ALL ages.
    • Try a heart monitor. There are lots of great watches on the market (starting in the $25 price range). This one is optional, but it is really nice knowing if you can push a little harder in the workout or if it’s time to take a break.

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