By now I’m sure you know diet is a big part of any healthy lifestyle. But while the saying “abs are made in the kitchen” still stands true, you can’t just eat clean and sit on your butt and expect to look fabulous! You have to build some muscle. Not only does muscle tone you up and make you strong (duh), it provides you with benefits in your day-to-day life as well, like boosting your energy levels and increasing your resting metabolic rate. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no gym rat. In fact, I lost almost 40 lbs without ever setting foot inside a gym. My secret weapon? HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training.
To put it simply, HIIT maximizes your output by alternating bursts of high intensity training with short periods of low intensity exercise, or rest. It torches calories, helping you burn fat without losing muscle, and all that exertion keeps your body’s fat burning machine chugging along for a good 24 hours after. Plus, it’s highly effective – just 25 minutes burns about 300 calories. I’m all about efficiency, baby!
For my very first “Workout Wednesday” I’m sharing a (completely free & legal!) version of the HIIT workout that gave me my start: Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Jillian combines 3-2-1 intervals of strength, cardio, and abs (in that order!) to torch as you tone, with options for beginner and advanced fitness levels. I’m a big fan of Jillian’s no-nonsense attitude and quick, efficient workouts. To watch the video, click the image below and get ready to werk!
What did you think of the workout? Let me know in the comments below!