In our busy world of today, we are always looking for ways to get more out of each day.
As new information emerges, we find that we can cut our workout time in half and increase the intensity at which we work out.
The trade-off with shorter workouts is increasing the intensity. The term for this workout strategy is High Intensity Interval Training.
Almost any workout can be adapted into a HIIT workout by taking a steady-state exercise and modifying it into an intense work/rest cycle.
One element often overlooked that needs to be part of every workout maximizing strategy is protein.
One of the best ways to get adequate protein is to drink either a whey or soy shake within 20 to 30 minutes post-workout.
If you exercise and sweat a lot, then drink more. Your water intake does vary according to your activity level.
It takes time to get the water into your cells, drink some water as soon as you get up on workout days and about two hours before a workout.
By constantly challenging your muscles, they will adapt and grow both in size and strength to equalize the new load put on them.
Muscle isolation is a good way to develop just one muscle such as the bicep, if you also develop its opposing muscle the tricep.
Lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, rows and dips are all types of compound muscles and will go a long way to get the most from your exercise time.
The easy way to build or tone muscle is to mix up your routines so your muscles never know that will be asked of them.
For something different in your workout routine, add in some cardio done at the HIIT level that you enjoy doing.
Pack your workout bag the night before when you have time to think to make sure you have everything you need for the next day.
For those either living or working close to their gym, walking there and back make an excellent warm-up/cool-down.
Kettlebells are the ideal HIIT tools that pushes your heart rate to the max, especially when you’re pressed for time.
The ideal high-intensity strength training would be 30-40 minutes of circuit training, with little to no rest between exercises.
You should build up an endurance base before doing the high-intensity cardio, and start with lighter weights, stressing good form.
The purpose of warming up is to prepare your body for the upcoming stress from exercising that you are about to put on it.
By doing some light cardio, you are warming up the muscles, thus increasing their flexibility.
What can you do if you want to get fit but you just don’t have any time to workout? The answer is to break your workouts into super-achievable 15-minute chunks!
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Sometimes time and being busy can be a huge barrier to getting fit. But that simply means you haven’t yet find the right workouts for you. Visit LINK to read more about getting fit in 15 minute bursts, for busy people.
* Scheduling time to exercise
* Making yourself accountable
* Fitting in fitness
* What counts as exercise
* How to Make More Time in Your Life to Exercise
* Mowing the lawn
* Raking leaves
* Shoveling snow
* Walking the dog
* Cleaning windows
* Inside the house
* Putting away groceries
* Mopping the floor