Motivation Monday: How To do HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)

Short time commitment, but a big payoff. That's the secret behind HIIT: High-Intensity Interval Training. GetHealthyU's Chris Freytag shows us it's easy to get started!

How many times have you heard, or even said to yourself, 'I just don't have time' when it comes to working out?

It's a common obstacle, but not a good enough excuse. GetHealthyU's Chris Freytag has been showcasing highly-effective yet slightly intimidating workout techniques for the month of November. We've done pilates and kickboxing, now we're trying out HIIT. That stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. It simply involves the alternation of max effort and rest: allowing your body to reach an active heart rate in seconds flat.

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Why is HIIT so effective? The short bursts of intense work allows you to burn more fat in less time. It improves your cardiovascular fitness and gives you that "after-burn effect" where you burn calories even while resting.

Freytag gave us a simple one to test out, and you can do this too! If you do two reps of the workout below, it will only take you 4 minutes. That's about the same time it takes for your pot of coffee to brew. Warm up a little first, then give it a try:

Want more? Freytag has a free, 30 minute HIIT workout and some "HIIT for Beginners" tips here.