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Using HIIT to Stay Lean (Perfect for Travelling)

What is this HIIT thing that is taking the internet by storm and leaving the gym floors flooded with puddles of sweat behind us? An up-and-coming and popular trend in today’s result craving fitness society is HIIT; a way you can cut the time off your sessions just like it will the body-fat round around your waist. HIIT is a training format that allows you to embrace your inner creativity (given that you’re a creative individual), by setting up your own sessions as you go. As for the not-so creative type, don’t worry.. there are tonnes of free online resources which will have you dripping sweat and burning fat in minutes! Let me introduce you to High Intensity Interval Training.

In the ever-busy world that we live in today, time is of the essence and it is vital in keeping up your fitness regime. Whether your work holds you back or it’s down to your hectic on-the-go travel lifestyle (lucky you!), this method will help you fit in your training sessions and keep them as fun as you can.. wave goodbye to the hour-plus cardio sessions that you are used to.

The aim with HIIT is to replace your low-moderate intensity intervals with high intensity intervals but for a shorter period of time. In short: maximum effort for a short period of time followed by a very short rest, complete this exercise by exercise then repeat for however many rounds stated. Efficiency comes to mind. This will allow you to spend a shorter time in your gym, the garden, your front room or down at the beach. Basically I’m implying that you can take these workouts anywhere that you have enough space for a little jumping around and that you don’t mind getting a sweat on.

3 useful resources you can use are:

  • Bodybuilding.com
    Enter your gender, height, weight and enter your goal in ‘Find A Plan’ for programmes suitable for yourself
  • YouTube
    Stacks upon stacks of videos (Make sure the video has positive feedback)
  • Daily Burn
    Lots of articles with advice on health, fitness and nutrition

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An example of a beginner’s full body bodyweight HIIT workout is:

WARM UP (3 Rounds x 20 Secs work per exercise, 10 Secs Rest)

  • Jumping jacks
  • High knees
  • Mountain Climbers

MAIN SESSION (3 Rounds x 45 Secs work per exercise, 15 Secs Rest).

  • Push ups
  • Squats
  • Crunches
  • Butt kicks
  • Tricep Dips
  • Lunges

The great thing about HIIT is you can make it suit your training needs and schedule by simply changing the exercises, the times, the amount of exercises and can add equipment/weights in if needed. It is for people of all ages and all abilities, as long as you are willing to sacrifice some body fat in the process! This makes HIIT the most efficient way to keep in shape when busy or travelling. A great session can be as little as 10 minutes or you can make it last up to 30 mins if need be. After a quick freshen up nobody would even notice you’ve disappeared from your desk, but you will certainly notice changes within your body’s appearance. WIN WIN!
If you are new to HIIT, good luck and let us know how you get on..
If not, be sure to share your favourite HIIT session with us!

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