HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. I really love this form of workout on the days that I really would rather go running but I am not able to get out of the house. What you do is alternate intense and less intense exercises. You can choose the duration of each exercise and the amount of repetitions you do. The awesome thing about this workout is that you can choose how long you do it. If the baby is crying and another child is sitting on the toilet yelling, “I’m done!” and the third has decided she is a big girl now so she’s going to pour the milk all by herself this may be the workout for you. You can get a quick 4 minutes in and feel sweaty, refreshed and energized. Or maybe you have a half hour and you want to spend it on yourself. Then this workout is for you.
I am going to give my workout that I have been using this past week. Note, you can change exercises in there if you want. Just make sure you keep an intense exercise for every other one. I like to use running in place, jumping jacks, jump rope (I don’t use a jump rope), or quick jacks as my intense ones. But any exercise that keeps your heart rate up would be fine.
You will notice the warm up starts slow. Don’t skip the stretching. It is really important. You don’t need any equipment for this workout which means that anyone can do it. Then at the end there is a cool down. You can extend this if you’d like with more stretching or walking in place. Don’t skip this either.
Let me know if you try it, if you like it, or any changes you make to it to make it the perfect workout for you!