14 March 2021 (updated)

HIIT and FIT for the Holidays With a 30 Minute Workout

Looking for a way to stay healthy and fit? This HIIT (high impact intensity training) workout from Jess Horton of The Fit Petite is a great way to beat the holiday bulge!

Our Need for Self-Care

Halloween is over which means the countdown to the other food-filled holidays is on! It is time to put up the decorations, make budgets, and swap cookies. With so much to do, we often push our own wellness needs to the side. It is no wonder many of us feel exhausted, run-down, and even sick before the big day ever gets here. Consider what would happen if you added a little fitness and wellness to that holiday checklist.

Holiday HIIT Workout

Your first thought might be that you don't have enough time or even can't afford a trainer or gym membership. No problem! While you tackle the holiday hustle, take control of your own wellness, one squat at a time. With less than two months to go until the beginning of 2019, you can get a leg up on those New Year's Resolutions by adding in an easy at-home workout. It doesn't require much in terms of equipment or space. Plus, you won't have to do hours of aerobics or pilates to see improvements to your body composition.

I crafted you a circuit that incorporates HIIT to send you straight into fat-burning mode. HIIT or high-intensity interval training is any workout that adds in bursts of activity to raise your heart rate for set periods of time or rep count. That is what sets your fat on fire!

You may have heard of this theme from fitness studios or group classes around town. If getting to the gym or making a class at a set time isn't an option for you, you can complete these simple exercises from the comfort of your own den or driveway.

This makes for a convenient way to train while packing a bigger burn, sculpting your muscles, and boosting your metabolism. You might even want to combine HIIT with intermittent fasting for a weight loss boost.

A shorter workout session can actually burn more calories when you incorporate HIIT principles. When you complete workouts like this 2-3 times per week, you will begin to see increases in strength and energy, not to mention better sleep! These are all imperative for healthy holiday living. 

HIIT Goals

Set a simple goal of committing to 30-45 minutes each day to get the biggest payoff. Opt for an earlier wake-up call, a midday mom break, or end your day the sweaty way. Grab a neighbor and start! Swap this set with some walk/run intervals. Hit the pavement on those crisp fall days.  Make it achievable and fun. Try a breakdown of a 2-minute run, 1-minute walk for an outdoor interval session. For more workout ideas, follow along here.

This workout is more fun than strength training or aerobic exercise alone, and HIIT circuit training helps you mix things up so that you don't get bored. You'll also improve your endurance and overall muscle tone! So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!



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