3 ways HIIT workouts have helped my over 40 body.
When my metabolism began to slow down more than ever after I turned 40, I decided to up my workout game. Exercising has always been a natural part of my life, however, I was doing it all wrong. Cardio was always my one and only, in terms of burning calories and getting back into shape when needed, but it wasn't working like it did in my 20's or even 30's. I began to add on abs and arms yet still not connecting together a complete workout using all 3. Finally, after a series of overused muscles, injuries, and stagnate weight, I took a shot at HIIT class in our local YMCA. Needless to say, it was a win!
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.[https://dailyburn.com]
HIIT workouts have benefited me in more ways than I expected and once I learned what the process and technique were all about, working out smarter just made more sense.
3 ways HIIT workouts has helped this now almost 50 body:
They made me STRONGER
The lifting weights components were awkward for me in the beginning. Upper body strength was never my forte', probably because I never used my arms other than to carry kids or groceries! The strength that I have gained from my HIIT workouts has helped my posture, core and in turn, reduced my back pain and strains.
They've Kept My Weight In Check
Consistency is key to success for most things. So when I am consistently making the effort to get a HIIT workout in at the gym or home, it shows, on the scale and how my clothes fit. Pressed for time? You can find HIIT workouts on the Internet ranging from 1 minute to 50 minutes. Find what works and just go for it.
Reduction in Stress and Anxiety
Life with 4 kids, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a husband can be stressful and sometimes life can be a bit overwhelming. HIIT workouts leave me feeling good on the inside and out. The short, intense workouts are also working out my frustrations and my stress levels go way down. The results are a clearer mind, more energy and a better perspective on the day ahead.