How HIIT Workouts Are the Fitness Answer for Crazy Busy Moms
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10 Reasons Why HIIT Workouts are the Absolute Fitness Answer for Busy Moms That Don’t Have Time to Work Out.
As busy moms like us tend to have more and more responsibility loaded onto our shoulders, fitness tends to get moved to the back burner. I know it is for me. Not that I don’t feel super good when I do strength training, or even walk, or do my secret weapon workouts, HIIT workouts.
But honestly–the amount of time needed for a single workout so many times will get clouded with questions about what else I could be spending that time doing. Is it that way for you, too?
I’ll preach this till the day I die to moms, but in all heart-to-heart honesty: Your home and family cannot run well if YOU aren’t running well. Fitness has GOT to be a mandatory part of your self care! It’s just as important as incorporating relaxation into your days, as well as being KEY to reducing stress and anxiety.
Which is why I’m so incredibly thankful I came across and looked into HIIT workouts. The HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. And if the term ‘high intensity’ scares you right off the bat–STOP! Please don’t let it! It’s actually a very effective (and super efficient) way to work out.
The way that HIIT workouts work is that you have a set number of exercises, and you go all out for about 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the next exercise all out for 20 seconds, and so on, until you finish all exercises. (BTW, a similar type of workout called Tabata is as effective since it uses the same high intensity interval method.) So basically you can work in cardio and strength at the same time.
When I have a serious lack of time (and motivation) I do the simplest exercise routine of HIIT that I have. It’s printed out, and it’s 4 really simple exercises that get a workout in so that I can de-stress and rest easy.
I found it on Pinterest long ago but can’t seem to locate it now. Anyway, the exercises consist of:
Easy, right??! Ha! Wait till you try it if you’ve been outta working out for a while, lol!
So, I have asthma and long-winded cardio has never been a good option for me. Especially during my most allergenic periods, since my asthma is triggered by allergies.
Which is why I’m such a big supporter of HIIT workouts. The shortest one can take ONLY 8 MINUTES!! Honest to goodness, if you can’t fit an 8-minute workout it, we got problems!
So here are the benefits of doing these HIIT workouts:
1-HIIT workouts are excellent for heart health
First of all, this includes lowering blood pressure. See, when you do things that make your heart rate elevated, the blood flow initiates the cells lining your blood vessels to release a compound that dilates the blood vessels. This is like your body’s own natural medicine working for it! Pretty cool, huh? When those blood vessels are more dilated, your blood pressure goes down. That’s why any good doc’s first recommendation for lowering blood pressure should be exercise! (IMO)
2-HIIT workouts allow you to choose your own workouts
Honestly, you can choose any exercise you want for each component. If you’re focusing on cardio, do something bouncy like burpees or jumping jacks. Want to focus on strength for legs and butt? Do walking lunges. Need more core work? Do planks. The possibilities are endless. Also, all you have to do to get ideas is go onto Pinterest and type in ‘HIIT workouts core’ or whatever you’re looking for specifically. A million people have already made this easy for you. 😉
3-HIIT workouts allows you to choose your own time allotment
Even the most Type-A’s of us sometimes let our Fitness Goals fall to the wayside when we’ve got super limited time. When that happens, do 3 rounds with 4 exercises. 8 minutes–bam! Got a bit more time? Add in another exercise, or opt for doing 4 rounds. The options for time restraints are limitless. Which–again–is why I absolutely love this type of workout.
4-HIIT workouts can be done with our without any kind of equipment
Yep–isometrics are totally fine with every exercise you do in your HIIT workout. But if you wanna add in something like a kettlebell (which is what I do when I’m working on legs and butt), you can absolutely do that, too!
And–get this–there are HIIT treadmill workouts, too! So if you’d rather do this on a treadmill, tread-climber, whatever–it’s totally doable! And this is sometimes the ONLY option if you have a joint injury or condition where burpees and the like aren’t possible. (Or, you know, just had a baby.)
5-HIIT workouts can be done literally anywhere!
Going on vacay? Or a work trip? HIIT workouts can be done right in your hotel room. And if you’re doing one of the treadmill workouts, nearly every hotel chain has a fitness room. Take advantage of it!
6-HIIT Workouts burn calories and fat in a short period of time (this one is my absolute fave!)
Studies have shown HIIT to burn the same amount of calories in just a 15-minute session than would happen in an hour session of jogging on the treadmill! That’s pretty incredible! And a giant bonus for us moms that have limited time!
7-HIIT Workouts boost your metabolism
HIIT keeps that metabolism going way after you’ve quit working out. Yeah, you heard that right! The research also says it can keep burning calories 1 1/2 hours up to 24 hours after your workout. As a result, that’s gonna help you burn calories, so if you’re trying to lose some fat, this is an excellent type of workout to consider.
8-HIIT Workouts help build endurance
What this means is that if you ever do any other types of exercises, even, say, riding a bike, that doing HIIT workouts will help you be able to ride for longer on that bike. As a result, the increase in endurance on your system will translate to other physical demands you have.
9-HIIT Workouts allow you to be creative and sort of ‘multi-task your fitness’.
Need to get in some play/exercise time with your dog? Go in the back yard with a dog toy and do sprints around while he chases you to get the toy. Rest for about 10 seconds, then do the same again. My lab particularly loves to chase her soccer ball, and WANTS me to kick it around and chase her when she has it.
Wanna spend more time with your kids while they get energy out? Chase them on their bikes for 20-second sprints. Kick a ball back and forth with them. Also, the younger they are, the worse their aim–you’ll have to chase it down every time! Jump on the trampoline with them. Play freeze-tag!
These examples, and any you come up with, should be based on spurts of all out work balanced with small periods of rest.
10-HIIT Workouts Reverse Signs of Aging
Whuuuuuuttt??!! YES!! HIIT has been shown to reverse signs of aging better than any other type of workout! This is also especially important when you cross the age-40 threshold, and having that cellular performance already in place when you do turn 40 is even better. Seriously, busy Mama, that expensive wrinkle cream can only do so much. 😉
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