2 weeks to go? No problem with HIIT

With a friend’s wedding fast approaching and a dress to gracefully squeeze into I had to pick up my game in training so that I’d be feeling my best on the day. Us girls know that it’s important to feel good to look good, and it really does come down to taking care of your body in the lead up to the event. But what can be done in 2 weeks?
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of training that allows you to exert yourself at high intensities for a short time, followed by a period of low intensity to recover. For example, sprinting for 1 minute then walking for 1 minute and repeat. This type of training does wonders for your metabolism as it urges your body to burn more fuel in the following 24 hours. In fact studies have shown that HIIT causes your body to produce excess post-oxygen consumption (EPOC) which means that the body increases the rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity. EPOC is accompanied by an elevated consumption of fuel where fat stores are broken down and used. So this means that training this way will essentially cause you to burn more fat through the day and the best news is that you only have to do it for a short period of time to get the best results. 15-30 minutes of HIIT is plenty of time to continually raise and drop your heart rate via the different intensities that you’re training at and help to torch the fat – exactly what we want with 2 weeks to go! HIIT can be easily incorporated into your training program either on the end of your strength workouts, or as an added workout for up to 30 minutes. Try doing this on your usual walk or jog by increasing your pace for a short time then decreasing it to recover. Hills are also a great way to increase intensity and should be included in your runs or walks to amp up the intensity.
Personally, I like to add 15-20 minutes HIIT treadmill training on the end of my workout where I sprint for 1 minute and walk for 1 minute repeatedly. In the lead up to an event, ensuring that you’re burning those extra calories over the course of the day means that a leaner, more toned and more confident person is revealed. HIIT is just one of the ways to really tighten up your training program, but when completed 2-3 times per week it can make the difference in your fitness as well as how comfortable you feel in that dress 🙂

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Wedding fun!

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