THE BENEFITS OF HIIT FOR US SUPER BUSY MUMS

HIIT is high intensity interval training, it's hard work but you push yourself for shorter bursts then slow down again in intervals. Meaning you can reduce the time of your workout, burn fat & build your fitness level. I've found the benefits of HIIT for us busy mums

I‘ve put on a bit of weight over this past year since having my spinal op. Not a lot but enough for it to start bothering me as my clothes have gotten tighter. I used to love going to the gym but I haven’t been able to work out for a long time whilst I recovered and now I’m struggling to find the time to fit it in. So the solution to both problems is to concentrate on some HIIT work outs.

HIIT is high intensity interval training, it’s hard work but you push yourself for shorter bursts then slow down again in intervals. Meaning you can reduce the time of your workout, burn fat & build your fitness level. I’ve found the benefits of HIIT for us busy mums are:

1. YOU CAN DO IT IN 30 MINS OR LESS

Instead of slogging it out in the gym on the bike, cross trainer & treadmill for an hour or more, I can do a 30 min HIIT workout on the treadmill or take a class. Then I can be back home before the school run or fit in a quick 30 mins when the hubby gets home from work.

2. YOU’LL KEEP BURNING CALORIES FOR HOURS AFTERWARDS

HIIT burns more calories during & after a workout than continuous aerobic training. The exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive, meaning you burn more calories after your workout than you would after a steady run.

3.  IT HELPS YOU BUILD LEAN MUSCLE & DROP FAT

Getting rid of the mum tum is my ideal. Since my op I seem to have put on the weight around my middle & thighs so dropping fat is key for me, I just don’t like to jiggle! I want my gym bunny bod back, ok it was never fully honed but I was happy with it.

HIIT is high intensity interval training, it's hard work but you push yourself for shorter bursts then slow down again in intervals. Meaning you can reduce the time of your workout, burn fat & build your fitness level. I've found the benefits of HIIT for us busy mums

4. YOU DON’T NEED EQUIPMENT OR A GYM MEMBERSHIP

You can do a HIIT workout from home, you don’t need anything specialist or even have to join a gym. I like to go to the gym as it’s my me time. I run my business from home around the kids so getting out of the house is my break away and my time to relieve stress. But you can get a great workout in your bedroom or living room, Pinterest has some great home HIIT workouts.

5. YOU GET A LITTLE BREAK

A HIIT work out goes in bursts of really high intensity, it’s hard bloody work for the bursts of high intensity but following each interval you do get a bit of a breather and have a little rest before the next burst so you do get a little break…

Do you like HIIT? Would you consider this type of work out over traditional cardio sessions?

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28 Comments

  1. July 13, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I’m a gym bunny and reference hiit quote often. My husband works shifts so hiit is perfect when I can’t get to the gym with his shifts. I use popsugar YouTube videos mostly and love them. #brillblogposts

  2. July 14, 2016 / 9:35 am

    I’m terrible because I have a free gym membership because of where I work but I never use it. I don’t have time to go in there now. This would be much better for me.

  3. July 14, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Wouldn’t mind trying it, especially since I think it’s about time I tried to lose a bit of weight and I really should stop convincing myself that walking the dog is enough exercise for me 😉
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  4. July 14, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    I cancelled my gym membership because I just didn’t use it. I prefer to go to classes as and when I can or do yoga or go running.

  5. July 14, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    This sounds like a great option, I just don’t have time to get to the gym with a young family. But, really need to tone up x

  6. July 15, 2016 / 5:54 am

    A great post! I love HIIT. My go-to workout is the P90X3, but I confess that after my epic bikepacking trip recently, then travelling to Belgium, I’ve gotten out of the habit. One more trip to Norway and then I have to get back into it as I am feeling the physical effects of not exercising and I don’t like it!
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  7. July 15, 2016 / 8:27 am

    YES! I love HIIT such a brilliant way of jamming in 10 minutes of exercise for us mums.

  8. July 15, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    When I was working out before my health problems I had a HIIT routine that I LOVE. It’s really easy once you get into the swing of it I feel, well easier to stick to. What a great post to tell people about HIIT, it’s a great intense work out for sure!

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  9. July 15, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I have ever heard of HIIT before. But if it makes you feel like you’ll throw up (theanms Charlie) them I’m out. A nice walk on the beach is mor my thing but I totally admire your determination and will power. Good luck getting to the size that makes you feel happiest. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  10. July 15, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    You make it sound so easy! I’m not sure I’m quite ready for it but watch this space!
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  11. July 15, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    I really want to try HIIT at home once my little one has gone to sleep – sounds like a great way to get fit!

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