HIIT and stretch – why it’s the perfect pair
We get it, you’re busy. You barely have time to make a workout worthwhile, so why bother? We’re here to tell you that you really don’t need to spend hours at a gym pedalling away into the imaginary horizon, sweating bucket-loads, or tirelessly setting up weights machines and pumping iron to see results. Using what little time you do have as effectively as possible will have you well on your way to..well, a better you.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is all about short, intense bursts of activity paired with quick rest periods. Not only is HIIT effective in strengthening and toning your beach bod, but it also gives your heart and lungs a workout, improving cardiovascular fitness and improve blood flow. The beauty of HIIT is that it can continue to burn calories long (up to 72 hours) after you’ve done your workout. That’s right, you could literally be burning calories in your sleep!
Don’t forget to refuel immediately after a HIIT class. Aim for a dose of carbs and protein within 30 minutes following your workout to replace energy stores and aid recovery. While a nut free, pea protein, hemp seed, bliss ball would do the trick nicely, you really don’t have to get fancy or expensive. Grab a rice cake and spread it with peanut butter and sliced banana. Simple.
Downtime or downward dog time?
HIIT is hard and we’re all for rest days, but active recovery is where it’s really at. To help you get the most out of HIIT, balance this intense movement with something..balancing. Pilates or Yoga is the perfect complimentary class to add into your training. It gives you an opportunity to work on flexibility and stability and to look after your soft tissue and joints. All this leads to less chance of injuring yourself while cranking out burpees or squat jumps, with the added bonus of a good dose of mindful movement. Consider the crucial mind and body boxes ticked.