However, the recommended amount of exercise an individual needs is 30 minutes a day as stated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Still, 30 minutes may not be enough for people who are gaining weight even with the recommended amount of physical activity. For some, the requirements of exercise can require as much as 90 minutes a day. But with only 24 hours in a day, who has that kind of time unless you are waking up at 6 a.m. before the rooster cocks-a-doodle-doo. It is possible to get a beneficial workout with just 15 to 20 minutes three times a week with HITT workouts.
HITT stands for high intensity interval training. This involves working out at your maximum bursting into intense anaerobic exercises followed by short active recovery periods. By challenging your body with these out-of-breath-makes-you-want-to-drop-dead movements, your heart rate is pumping, and you are able to burn more fat and calories in a short amount of time. The benefits of a HITT workout include an increase in your metabolic rate, it's quick and convenient with not a single piece of equipment is involved, you'll have a healthier heart, and you'll lose weight and not muscle.
Want to give it a HITT, try this 15-minute routine while listening to your favorite workout music.
Routine: 20-second burst of activity followed by 10-second recovery time. Each exercise is performed 3x for 20 seconds each and is in sets.
First Set: Mountain Climbers 3x then Russian Twist 3x, Rest 10 seconds
Second Set: Burpees 3x then Squat Jacks 3x, Rest 10 seconds
Third Set: Jack Knife Crunch 3x then Back Bow Crossover 3x, Rest 10 seconds
Fourth Set: Jumping Jacks 3x then Squat pulses 3x, Rest 10 seconds
Fifth Set: 1 minute Plank Jacks, Workout complete
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