3 Easy Ways to Incorporate HIIT Training into Your Daily Routine

3 Easy Ways to Incorporate HIIT Training into Your Daily Routine

Chicago HIIT Training Tips

HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is one of the best things you can do to strengthen and tone your body. It involves short bursts of intensity followed by a short rest period. This exercise style boasts a variety of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, weight loss, stimulated metabolism, and more. If you’re searching for ways to fit more HIIT into your everyday routine, I have a few ideas for you to try out:

At the Gym: Alright, let’s start with the obvious. The best way to get HIIT training into your daily routine is by making a trip to the gym. CrossTown Fitness offers classes throughout the day starting at 5 a.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m., so no matter your schedule, there are always high intensity interval group classes for you to join. Even if none of the classes work with your schedule, you can plan a session with any of our Chicago personal trainers who would be happy to accommodate your busy agenda. Once you find a time that works, stick to that and mark it on your calendar each week so it becomes a habit.

During Commercial Breaks: If you don’t have time to hit the gym, or those brutal Chicago winters are giving you no choice but to stay indoors, you don’t have to skip your workout. There are plenty of HIIT exercises you can do in your own home, whether you live in a studio or a three bedroom apartment.

When you’re watching your favorite TV show, use the commercial breaks as an opportunity to fit in a little HIIT – the only equipment you need is you. Choose a variety of exercises that work different muscle groups to give yourself a solid total body workout. Try going through this circuit every time commercials start to play:

 

20 seconds of jump squats

Modification: Regular squats

5-10 seconds rest

 

20 seconds of push-ups

Modification: Bring the pushups down to your knees

5-10 second rest

 

20 seconds of bicycles

5-10 second rest

 

20 second plank hold

5-10 second rest

 

Who knew you could get fit and watch TV at the same time?

On Your Home Treadmill: Looking to take your cardio up a notch? You can incorporate high intensity interval training right on your treadmill. Here’s a quick and simple HIIT workout for you to try out at home:

Incline ladder

Sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 10 at a two percent incline. Repeat.

Sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 10 at a four percent incline. Repeat.

Sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 10 at a six percent incline. Repeat

Sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 10 at a four percent incline. Repeat.

Sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 10 at a two percent incline. Repeat.

Cool down with a five minute walk or jog.

Quick tip: To increase the intensity and excitement of your run, create a playlist that goes along with the pace of your workout. During heavy sprints, choose super up-beat songs that are going to motivate you to maintain that sprint. For the resting period, you can opt for a tune that’s slightly less fast-paced.

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