By: Mikaylan Sickle, MSU Dietetic Intern
Heading out for a long weekend and need a quick workout? A HIIT workout will give you a good sweat without you having to delay your travel plans. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a good workout to burn lots of calories in a short period. Since it is high intensity it will improve your cardiovascular health, help you lose weight, and keep your metabolism elevated long after you finish exercising.
Remember to give your body recovery time between high intensity workouts and don’t be afraid to make modification to fit your needs! Perform each exercise for one minute. Complete as many repetitions as possible. After you finish the entire routine, rest for 30 seconds to a minute.
When you feel completely recovered, repeat the series three more times.
1. Skaters: Place all of your weight on the right foot. Deeply bend knee, shift hips back, and lower down. Drive off the ball of your foot and jump out as far as possible. Land softly and quickly switch direction. Continue at a fast pace.
2. High-Knee Jumps: Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend knees, shift hips back, and lower down until thighs are parallel to the ground. Jump off the ground as high as possible, driving your knees to your chest. Repeat the movement at a fast pace.
3. Mini-Squat Jumps: Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend knees, shift hips back, and lower down until thighs are parallel to the ground. Start to take small hops off the ground. Keep chest up and hips back. Land softly.
4. Split Jumps: Stand with your right foot forward and left foot back in a lunge position. Deeply bend both knees and lower down. Explosively drive off the ground and jump up as high as possible. Switch legs in the air and land softly. Repeat the movement at a fast pace.
Workout credit: Nora Tobin (Performance Enhancement Specialist, CPT, Nutrition Specialist, Corporate