Exercise… it can be a very intimidating thing for most people. Everyone wants to improve their bodies in some way, whether its losing weight, gaining muscle or just getting stronger. We all look at theses super fit people and think “Well they live at the gym…that’s why they look like that. I don’t have 2 hours a day to put in to look like them.” Well the good news is that you DON’T have to put in anymore then 30-45 minutes a day to get the SAME results they do putting in 2 hours a day!
HIIT workouts are all the rage and for good reason! They are high intensity interval training, which means they are short intense exercises followed by short sometimes active recovery periods . It keeps your heart rate up and burns MORE fat in LESS time. Speaking from personal experience I have received phenomenal results just putting in 30 mins 4-5 times a week! These workouts have me dripping sweat and dreading going up my stairs the next few days from being so sore! I love it!!
This is just an example of a HIIT workout:
You can find a lot of these types of workouts on Pinterest or BeachBody has a ton of choices for all levels, from beginners to experienced gym goers all leaving you sweating like crazy and feeling great after!
But how can that be? How can I get the same results in as little as 30 mins?! There is recent study that shows working out for only 30 minutes a day is just as effective for weight loss as a 60 minute workout( published in the American Journal of Physiology). These high intensity workouts cause an afterburn called EPOC Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption which helps you torch even more calories after your workout, unlike training for longer periods of time at lower heart rate! Actually when you work out for more then 2 hours straight your body releases a stress hormone called cortisol which will actually force your body to store fat and retain water because it will go into “survival mode”. Which makes sence when i hear my friends that work out and work out and don’t get the results they want! They are working out TOO much, yes its possible!
We live in an era where taking an hour or two out of our busy lives to workout is impossible, between work, school and kids. With these workouts you can reach the results you want, you can lose weight, get stronger and build muscle! Give yourself 30 minutes a day to put towards working on yourself not just physically but mentally; to not just look better but FEEL better.
Exercise helps reduce stress, relieve anxiety and depression, builds self confidence, helps mental clarity, boosts memory and just plain makes you HAPPY! Its not always about trying to fit into your skinny jeans, (and if it is then hell go for it!) whatever is your motivation, let it be your kids, your spouse or just doing it for yourself! Eat Clean, Train Mean (for just 30 mins) and get the body you deserve!! 🙂