Get a full workout in 4 minutes? Here’s how to get your burn on—quick!
With the rise of high intensity interval training (HIIT), there is literally no room for that old excuse that you don’t have time to work out.
HIIT workouts require pushing yourself as hard as you can for 30 to 90 seconds, followed by an equal rest period. And Tabata workouts are even faster-paced, with just 20 seconds of intense work followed by 10 seconds off. In total, the workouts can be knocked out in less than 30 minutes and Tabata workouts are just four minutes long.
The key is that you push so hard, you don’t have to work out as long to see better results. Plus, studies indicate that HIIT and Tabata training increase your resting metabolism, so you’ll keep burning calories after you’ve hit the shower.
Intrigued yet? If so, here’s what you need to get started.
If the shoe fits
No, there aren’t special shoes for HIIT workouts, but make sure your gym shoes offer support and stability. Typical high intensity workouts include cardio moves like plyometric lunges, burpees or jump squats that can put stress on your ankles and knees. Having good shoes will take some of that pressure off your joints. This New Balance 1211, $109.99, shoebuy.com, offers the stability you’ll need.
Watch your heart rate
Your heart rate will skyrocket during HIIT workouts. Keep an eye on it with a heart-rate monitor. Prices range from less than $75 to more than $200, so pick one that fits your budget and your interest in tracking this key workout stat. Polar’s FT7 Heart Rate Monitor, $74.99, target.com, comes in multiple colors.
There’s an app for that
Tabata Trainer is an app that boasts an extensive library of Tabata workouts of varying difficulties. It also logs your workouts and lets you do some boasting of your own on social media when you complete your workout. Tabata Trainer is available for iOS for $1.99.
HIIT the Web
If you’re an android user or just want even more choices for your HIIT workouts, head to the almighty Google. The Internet boasts an endless supply of HIIT workouts from fitness magazines and YouTube channels. It’s never been easier (or faster!) to get in shape.