The exercises below are considered circuit training or HIIT (high intensity interval training). I’ve been doing these quick workouts for many years. They are perfect for getting the heart racing when you are on a limited amount of time.
Hot new research shows that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can boost muscular and cardiovascular fitness as effectively as steady-state cardio in half the time.
50 jumping jacks
15 body weight squats
15 push-ups or knee push-ups
15 reverse lunges per side
Please, if you feel this is too much to start, then start with half.
The goal is to get the heart rate up, an kick start your metabolism. This is an ongoing process, the hard part is starting and I know you’ll feel better once you begin. I’ve started to really pay attention to my heart rate while I’m working out, and how long it takes to get the rate back down to resting levels.
This is a work in progress and I’ll be posting as this process continues. I purchased a Fitbit Blaze and ended up not being totally satisfied so I returned it. I just couldn’t justify the expense. Especially because my Heart Rate app I have on my iphone was working better. So that’s what I’m using, and the only downside is I have to stop in the middle of working out to put my finger on the camera lens. But it works.
Here’s another 20 minute workout to get the blood pumping. Having two different 10 minute circuits in this workout makes it great for the entire body. Not needing any equipment other than an elevated bench or table maybe even a chair. Your basic chair is a wonderful workout tool that can be used with squats or dips and elevated push ups. Remember this is another work out for all of us on the go with a little bit of time, to maintain the body, and make it come alive.