So I tackled my first HIIT on Thursday (High Intensity Interval Training). I am now in my seventh week of training for the Fargo 10K. What is high intensity interval training? It’s when “cardio performed at such an intense level that your body will spend the rest of the day expending energy to recover from the ass-kicking you gave it. This is commonly referred to as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) and it means that you consume a great deal more oxygen recovering from the exercise bout than you would have if you’d just done a steady-state workout.
This means that you will be burning up to nine times more fat while sitting on the couch later that night than you would have if you’d spent an hour on the treadmill at a moderate pace.” That definition was from askmen.com. I don’t know why all my sources are men in this post.
I used a HIIT workout I found online at Men’s Health. It was a quick workout and it seemed easier than I thought it was going to be, so I think did it wrong. Maybe next time I need to increase my speeds. I did have my heart rate monitor on and I did notice a significant jump when I was going from 10 seconds to 90 seconds and back and forth. Here is how I did the “sports conditioning HIIT.”
Guess what? I also signed up for two more races this week! I know, I know, over achiever. There is a 5K next weekend here in Bismarck for Parkinson’s Disease and I also signed up for another 10K in Bismarck for Subway’s Get Fit with my BFF Bethany. This will be her first race so I am excited to do it with her and be her cheerleader.
Well I have more HIITS in my schedule so I’ll be increasing my speed. I’ll keep you “posted.” No pun intended.