HIIT – Cardio Option For Busy Parents

HIIT – Cardio Option For Busy Parents

Junior has falling asleep to the soft glow of Nick At Nite playing on the TV.  You know you have a good 5 lbs to shed from Winter, as beach season quickly approaches.  You also know that you could have anywhere from 2 minutes to 2 hours before he is up.  What do you do?  Here is a great cardio option for busy parents.

Hit the HIIT workouts.

For those of you that aren’t aware, HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.  This basically means you will do brief periods of balls to the wall, followed by a slower, cool down pace, and then repeat, etc, etc.  Definitely one of the best cardio options for a busy parent.

Example HIIT Workout.  This can be used on a treadmill, bike, elliptical, running outside, etc

  • Warm up:  Jog at a slow pace, let’s say 4.5-5.5:  3 minutes
  • Sprint:  15 seconds
  • Jog:  45 seconds
  • Sprint:  15 seconds
  • Jog:  45 seconds
  • Repeat this as many times as you want.  First time….probably try to hit 8-10 sprints.

Be sure to end with a cool down period of at least 2 minutes.

Benefits of HIIT

  1. Time:  So the nice thing about HIIT is that you can get a hell of a workout, in only 10-20 minutes.
  2. Fat burning:  Studies have been done that prove HIIT training has better fat burning results than low intensity steady state cardio (LISS), like walking or jogging.  Your body will continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after doing HIIT.  With LISS, you are only burning calories during the actual workout.
  3. Metabolism:  It has been shown that HIIT can increase your metabolism, where LISS can actually slow it down.  Your body gets used to steady state cardio and adjusts.  That adjustment can include your body using protein for energy instead of fat!
  4. Focus:  I don’t know about you, but I get bored as crap about 3 minutes into cardio on a treadmill, elliptical, bike, etc.  I have to fight to make it to 20-30 minutes.  With HIIT, it goes by very quick and keeps you focused, because you are basically dreading that next cycle of sprinting.

Now, I am not saying that steady steady cardio is not good for you.  If you are blessed with enough time, you should try to incorporate both into your weekly routine.  There are huge mental benefits to taking a long walk, along with the cardiovascular ones.   But, if you only have time for one, I’d go with HIIT.

Fun comparison:

Sprinter. Trains with quick bursts of all out speed.

HIIT cardio for busy parents

Long distance runner.  Trains with steady steady, lower intensity cardio.

best cardio for parents

Now, no disrespect at all to the long distance runners.  If that is the type of exercise you love, and you have the time, then that is great.  I know I can’t do it!  More power to you.  This article was more about getting in a quick workout, whenever you can.


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