Doing a 30-minute HIIT workout just three times a week could make you measurably fitter and healthier in only a few weeks.
Jack Gibson, Personal Trainer at FWX explains..
One of the most common reasons people give for not doing regular exercise is: “I don’t have enough time.” It’s currently recommended that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week in order to see health benefits. Whatever form of exercise you choose to do, be it running, cycling, swimming or classes, that’s a lot of time to dedicate to fitness.
But if you can’t reach the recommended time threshold, is there another way to achieve similar improvements in fitness, or is all lost?
Don’t throw in the towel just yet. A 30-minute HIIT (high-intensity interval training) session, including at least 10 minutes of high-intensity activity, could be as good as exercising at a moderate level for 150 minutes per week.
What does a 30-minute HIIT workout look like?
The three stages of any workout still apply, regardless of how long or intense the session is: warm-up, exercise, cool-down. Stages one and three are non-negotiable. Skipping either could cause injury, stiffness and reduce the efficacy of your hard work in between.
I have used the example of cycling, but most aerobic exercises performed at an intense level for short intervals would work.
Close up of man cycling intensely indoors
Warm-up (0-5 mins)
Begin jogging or cycling at a steady pace
– Gradually increase your speed every minute until you are slightly out of breath but can still hold a conversation.
– Intervals (5-25 mins)
Cycle for 60 seconds as fast as you can on high resistance
– Recover for 60-90 seconds at a low speed and low resistance
– Repeat intervals and rests for 20 minutes
– During the intervals, your aim is to reach 90% of your maximum heart rate – you should be out of breath and struggling to maintain the effort. If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, you can learn about rating perceived exertion according to how you feel.
Cool-down (25-30 mins)
Jog or cycle at a steady pace for five minute
– Stretch out your legs and upper body.
HIIT-based exercise is still being studied, and nothing is ever really definitive in the world of fitness research. The good news is that the evidence base supporting its efficacy is both robust and growing.
Yes, doing three workouts per week that include at least 10 minutes each of high-intensity interval work is very likely to improve your health and fitness, whether you’re already fairly healthy or could do with being fitter. Your aerobic capacity will increase, and the associated benefits of being more active will make you feel great.
However, there is no absolutely definitive advice that will suit every individual’s needs and abilities. If you’re already doing the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, we aren’t suggesting that you cut back.
If you’re able to include three HIIT sessions into your existing weekly exercise schedule, then try it for a few weeks and see how you feel. If you’re not doing much exercise at all, a few HIIT sessions would be a quick and easy introduction to exercise to suit a busy life.
Like the idea but don’t know where to start? A few sessions with a FWX Personal Trainer would get you on the right trackQ
Before you engage in a new exercise or a nutrition plan, we advise you to discuss your goals and plans with our Trainers. They will be able to assess your physical state and discuss the suitability of your plan, taking into account any risks or underlying conditions.
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One thing people often get wrong about fitness is that they believe they need dozens of pieces of equipment to get a good workout.
In fact, one of the most basic and effective pieces of training equipment is found in virtually every home in the land – a set of stairs.
Here are some benefits of using stairs or steps as a workout tool.
Stair training gets your heart rate up, fast
Walking, jogging, and running are all perfectly good ways of getting a decent cardiovascular workout.
Climbing a flight of stairs, or using a stair climber machine is just a more efficient way of getting the job done, however.
The key is in the added resistance of the climbing motion, which causes you to work against gravity by “pushing” your body up, one leg at a time, against its own weight. At the same time, the fuller range of motion in the joints of the lower body forces your muscles to exert themselves more to complete the movement.
In other words, walking or running up a flight of stairs is more strenuous than walking or running along a flat road.
One benefit of this extra strain is that you’ll be able to burn more calories and get your heart rate up in less time when using a stair climber than when using a treadmill.
FWX suggests at least twice as many more calories are burned on a stair climber as on a conventional walk over any given period, with a 165lb individual burning 657 calories per hour on a stair climber, and 314 on a 3.5mph walk.
You can work your whole lower body with stairs
The motion of walking up a flight of stairs activates just about all the muscles in the lower body, meaning that stair-based workouts can be a great addition to your leg training regimen, helping to build strength and endurance while improving cardiovascular fitness.
Specifically, when climbing stairs, you engage your gluteus maximus, hamstrings, quadriceps, and, to a lesser degree, your abs.
Depending on how you choose to train using the stairs, the entire workout can also be very low-impact, meaning that your joints withstand less abuse than they would when going for a jog.
With stairs you can train for strength, power, or endurance
One of the great thing about training with stairs is that you can use them for a variety of different exercises, targeted either at explosive power, intense cardio work, or lower body strength building.
Just be careful about what you’re doing, and keep the risks in mind before getting started.
To use stairs to do an HIIT workout which will leave you gasping for air, stand at the foot of the flight and step up and down from the first (or second) step as quickly as you can, until you’re too exhausted to continue. At this point, you should continue the exercise at a slow pace until you regain your breath, then repeat the “sprint.”
To use stairs to work on developing explosive power, stand at the base of the stairs, squat, and jump with both feet at once to the highest step you can reach in a single bound. Then, walk back down again and repeat. This is essentially using your stairs to do a “box jump.” Take special care when performing this exercise, as there’s always the risk of you putting a foot wrong or misjudging your jump, and slipping. Do this exercise barefoot, or wearing shoes with good grip.
To use stairs to do a targeted strength workout for the lower body, do “stair lunges,” by climbing several steps at once and going into a deep lunge with each step. The deeper the lunge, the greater the distance between the legs and the more reps you do, the more you will exhaust and work your muscles.
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