Ok, Ladies. Show of hands of those whose life is crazy busy at the moment. 🙋 Yeah, I thought so.
I’m pretty sure high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) was made specifically for us mommas with crazy schedules.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, here are the deets: high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) workouts consist of short, but intense periods of exercise followed by a period of rest. This cycle elevates your heart rate and keeps it there, so you burn more calories and fat than you would if you ran for an hour!!!! Yes, I know! It’s crazy, but its true!! Read the research here and here for proof.
Below is short 20-minute workout I use while the Littlest Love is napping on the weekends. It’s even short enough to fit in right after the kids go to bed (that is if I plan on staying up last 9:30pm on a school night! 😂)
Please note, friends, I am not a doctor nor a personal trainer just a momma who has been working out for, like, ever and have figured out a quick way to get my cardio in. You should always listen to your body and adjust your level of activity to suit your specific fitness level. Also, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new fitness routines.
20 Minute HIIT Cardio Workout
Warm up // light jog or brisk walk (to stay within my 20 minutes, I keep this to 2:45 and start my sprint at 3 mins)
HIIT // Alternate sprinting at 85-90% of your capacity and 30 seconds rest (If you’re using a treadmill, *carefully* jump onto the sides of treadmill for rest period).
It looks like this:
- Minute 1 – 2:45 // warm up
- 2:45 – 3 // rest & increase treadmill speed in preparation for sprint
- 3 – 3:30 // sprint
- 3:30 – 4 // rest
- 4 – 18 // Repeat the sprint/rest cycle until minute 18
- 18 – 20 cool down light jogging or walk
Happy work out!!