Monday, July 19, 2010


So I love HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts. They are basically a cardio session of mixing it up with brief really fast speed and then a quick rest, and start over.

From Wikipedia: "HIIT is a form of cardio which is beneficial to burning fat in a short and intense workout. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 9–20 minutes. The original protocol set a 2:1 ratio for work to recovery periods. For example, a runner would alternate 15-20 seconds of hard sprinting with 10 seconds of jogging or walking."

I love this because if you're in a time crunch you can burn a lot of calories faster. Sometimes I don't feel like walking for an hour only to burn like 2oo calories. So tonight I burned 300 calories in 35 minutes which is really good for me because it takes me well over an hour to burn that many usually. Instead of sprinting for a certain amount of time because it's sooo annoying since time seems to pass so slowly when you're running, I just made it my goal to run till I burnt 10 calories then walk and burn 10 calories. So everytime I burnt 10 calories I would switch to either running or walking. It was cool because it went by faster and you are more motivated, especially if you want to burn a certain amount of calories in your session. I'm going to definitely continue doing this.