HIIT is gaining popularity fast, but what in the world is HIIT? It’s an acronym for High Intensity Interval Training, and it’s become a popular way to workout anywhere, as HIIT does not require you to use special environment or machines for training. It’s a great way to exercise since you don’t have to go to gym or purchase expensive equipment, and also because HIIT exercise takes very little time: the entire workout can be completed within 30, 20, or even 10 minutes.
Each short exercise can be done in 20 to 30 seconds. In case you were wondering where to start, we compiled a list of 5 Quick HIIT Workout moves for you to try today.
1. Jumping Jacks
Yes, this is a legitimate exercise move! To do a jumping jack, stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart, arms by your side. Then, jump your feet out while raising your arms. Repeat as fast as possible. If you experience difficulties with regular jumping jacks, you could step side to side while raising your arms.
To do a squat, imagine you are sitting on an invisible chair and try to keep your back and chest as straight as possible. Your legs should be hip-width apart, and once you are in the position, push your hips toward the ground. Lift your body into a standing position by pushing through the heels. Your bodyweight should be on your heels. If you need assistance with this exercise, a chair may be used.
Because they are more exciting than push-ups, right? To do a sit-up, lie on you back on the floor and bend your knees 90 degrees. Pull your chin in slightly. While keeping your feet and butt on the floor, lift your torso up off the floor and towards your thighs. Come up as high as you can.
They are known for being challenging, but as excruciating as they may be, they’re really effective at muscle building. To do a burpee, stand with your arms at your side, legs shoulder-width apart, and put your bodyweight in your heels. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a squat. Place your hands on the floor, directly in front of, or inside your feet. Shift your weight onto your hands. Jump your feet back to softly land on the balls of your feet, in a plank position. Your body should be in a straight line from head to toe. Jump your feet back so that they land just outside of your hands. Reach your arms overhead and jump up high into the air.
5. Side Lunges
To do a side lunge, hold down a pair of dumbbells with your arms, and stand with your feet and knees together. Then, take a large step with your right foot to the right side, and lunge toward the floor. Make sure your right knee does not extend past your toes and keep your left leg relatively straight. Push off through your right foot to return to the start.
These are all simple exercises by themselves, but when combined they are highly effective. The exercises are to be repeated as often as possible within the given exercise time for maximum effect.