Today for Workout Wednesday I am going to give an update on how my fitness goals have been coming along as well as sharing what I have been doing to stay fit!
So like I mentioned in my first Workout Wednesday post as well as in my Goals post, since the new year I have been trying to stick to a fitness plan and work out more! Here is what (and how) I have been doing! (I am in no way a HIIT expert – hence “beginner” – so any tips or advice is welcomed!)
Quantity of Workouts (and Sticking to a Schedule):
I put it on my calendar to workout everyday and if I don’t get to it, it isn’t the end of the world because my goal is to workout at least 5 times per week. I find that if I write it down in my to do list everyday, I will at least make an attempt to workout that day but I also am aware that things come up and I may become too busy to workout one day – but it is no problem because rarely does this happen more than twice per week so I stick to my 5 day goal. This is opposed to only scheduling 5 days per week, something comes up one of those days and you can’t workout so now you are down to only 4 workouts that week because you already used your two “skip days” – see where I am going with this?
Tools for Working Out:
-5 pound dumbells
-Tennis Shoes (but if I am at home and inside I usually go without)
-Interval Timer App on my phone. I use this one.
Length of Workout:
In January, when I first started this workout routine, I did 18 minute workouts (9 intervals). Now I am doing 20 minute workouts and hope to bring it up to 24 minutes by the end of February. You could start at any time though- a short workout is better than none at all!
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is when you do a High Intensity workout for a short period of time (like sprinting) followed by a Low Intensity workout for a short period of time (like dumbbell curls) and then continue in this pattern until you have finished the number of intervals you wish to complete.
I use my Interval Timer App I mentioned above and I set it to do 1 minute High Intensity and then a Low Intensity for 1 minute. I do at least 10 intervals which equates to 20 minutes. (You can also add warm ups and cool downs to your timer.) I switch up what I do for each interval. I like to do a mix of cardio for the high intensity intervals and I do a mix of workouts for the low intensity as well that target my arms, abs and thighs/butt. I usually rotate in that order: first interval arms, second interval abs, third interval legs and then repeat until done.
High Intensity Moves:
-Jog in Place
-Running up and down the stairs
-Jump side to side
Low Intensity Moves:
I am in no way trained or certified to give workout advice, nor am I making any promises that this workout will make you drop pounds instantly. This is just what I am doing and I feel good about myself, it definitely works all my muscles, it makes me tired and I do see some improvements in my muscle tone after keeping this up regularly for about 6 weeks. I made up this routine by myself but found inspiration for exercises to do on Pinterest from multiple different workout pins as well as from my past experiences from working out in cheerleading and track. I also did research online and found that HIIT workouts are great for burning fat which is why I chose this style. Please use this as inspiration to create a workout routine that works for you!
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