By Jianne Lasatan
Years ago, I watched a promo for Shawn T and his new, intense program that claims to tone your body and burn fat in just 45 minutes a day; this was the start of the Insanity craze. Everyone from college students to middle-aged moms bought into the hype in an attempt to “get fit quick.” But did it actually work? Honestly…. yes!
I tried Insanity as a sort of kick-off to a healthy and active lifestyle. I have to admit, it was extremely difficult in the beginning. After my very first Insanity workout at home, I felt so tired. I was nauseous and immediately plopped down on my couch and fell asleep– a major sign that I was very much out of shape. But after a month, I had results (along with healthier diet choices, of course). Although I didn’t get physically ripped with rock-hard abs like advertised on television, I felt stronger, I lost some weight and overall, I just felt better about myself.
Now, years later, it seems that Insanity kicked off more than my healthy and active lifestyle. Say goodbye to Yoga, Zumba and other popular workouts of the past, because H.I.I.T, or high intensity interval training, is the fitness world’s new trend!
H.I.I.T essentially combines strength and cardio with very little recovery time to produce the ultimate quick, full body workout that burns fat and improves strength and stamina. The best part? There is no need for equipment! This is why it’s ideal for those with busy schedules. Workouts can be as short as ten minutes (perhaps even shorter) and can be done anywhere. There are even variations of interval workouts, which may include some weights or interval training while running on a treadmill.
So no more excuses that you don’t have time to work out and there’s no need to drive to a gym. Summer is just around the corner! Check out just some of the various H.I.I.T workouts below:
Feature image courtesy of Cassey Ho and Blogilates on YouTube.