HEALTHY SUMMER CURVES
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor tells you to do it, your gym teachers told you to do it, celebrity health coaches tell you to do it. Your body needs to move to thrive, but a lot of us would rather take a punch to the face than work a step on the treadmill. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we think we have to spend hours upon hours in the gym, but that is so far from the truth. Working your body for too long can be just as damaging as not moving it enough. Here are some ideas for 30 minute workouts that are super effective.
HIIT- HIIT otherwise known as High Intensity Interval Training is a great workout and time saver. Basically, you are packing in a much longer workout into a short period in the sense that there is a higher level of exertion during each exercise with brief rests in between. Think of a fast paced circuit training session. This type of workout serves to get your heart pumping and build endurance. One of my favorite HIIT workouts is the Kayla Itsines BBG. You can get the first two weeks for free and then pay for the remaining 10 weeks. Her workouts are four sets of 7 minute continuous training sessions with one minute of rest in between each session. They work all different parts of your body and get your heart rate up to burn more fat.
Cardio-If you are on a time crunch, cardio is a great option. I love my weight workouts as you all know, but cardio typically burns more energy than weights. As mentioned in my previous articles, you shouldn’t just focus on calories burned, but for those who are taking a caloric deficit approach, cardio will be your friend. I love using the stair stepper because it gets your heart beat up but also works so many different muscles in your body. I also am a lover of running because it clears my mind to not have to think about what I am doing, but it can be rough on the knees. If you enjoy running but don’t want to stress out your knees, try the elliptical machine.
Yoga- I personally do not practice yoga as much as I should, but when I do, I always feel so peaceful afterwards. Yoga is an excellent form of exercise to build strong and lean muscles as it relies on pure strength rather than endurance to keep your body moving. Yoga is not as demanding in the respiratory aspect, but you will feel such a burn in your muscles throughout and after the workout. Yoga moves your body and tests your balance in ways that we don’t do on a day to day basis, so you work muscles that normally go unused. If you continually do this type of workout, you will see your body strength improve in amazing ways which are hard to achieve with any other type of workout.
So there you go! All it takes is 30 minutes to take a step towards better health. You no longer have to spend the rest of your days cooped up in the gym for hours on end. Get your body moving for 30 minutes and watch your body thank you.