The HIIT Goals

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. 

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Your first thought may 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. 

Stay healthy and fit with HIIT

HIIT Goals

Set a simple goal of committing to 30-45 minutes 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 with a breakdown of run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute for an interval session outdoors. 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 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!

HIIT Workout Plan

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Jess Horton

Jess Horton is equal parts Marketing Mastermind, Social Media Slayer, Blogger, Brand Builder, Fitness Enthusiast, Influencer, and Creative. Born and raised in Hampton Roads, she grew up in a home where faith and fitness were important parts of daily life and development. Jess comes from an education and marketing background. In 2011 she combined her passion for fitness with her professional skill set to create, a health and fitness website designed to bring encouragement to individuals as they pursue the healthy lifestyle they deserve. By 2013 she left a corporate marketing career and was sweating and slaying full time. Jess is certified both by the American Council on Exercise and the Road Runners Club of America as a trainer and coach. Jess is a life-long runner and regularly practices yoga and meditation. She finds joy in witnessing individuals make lifestyle changes that bring them closer to living a sweat-filled, soulful life. On most days, when Jess isn’t training her clients, she can be found running through Virginia Beach or at a local coffee shop crafting blog posts on her computer. When she isn’t working, Jess enjoys spending time with her fiance and their dog at their home in Virginia Beach. Jess has been recognized as a top social media personality in the Hampton Roads area. She has been featured in Eat This Not That, The Virginian Pilot, HR Growler, and on various local podcasts. Follow her journey on Instagram @TheFitPetite

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