High Intensity Interval Training

This month I decided I really needed to increase the amount of exercise I do. As a writer, I spend most of my time sitting in front of the computer and there’s not a lot of incidental exercise as my house is small so walking into the kitchen to make a cup of tea doesn’t add a whole lot of steps.

I wanted something that I could do whenever it suited me and that I didn’t require any equipment for, so I decided to try high intensity interval training (HIIT).

The concept behind it is, you do a specific exercise at high intensity for a short period – say 30 seconds – and then you rest for 30 seconds. That didn’t sound so hard, particularly when I discovered a whole heap of videos on YouTube.

I liked the vibe of Joe Wicks from The Body Coach TV and all enthusiastic I clicked on his 20 minute beginner workout video
I got two minutes in and thought I was going to vomit!

In my defence, I probably went a little too hard, considering the most exercise I’ve done in the last few months is a leisurely walk with my dog every morning.

So I stopped the video and took another look at what he had available. The Absolute Beginners HIIT sounded like more my level and I survived the whole 20 minutes. I’ve been doing that for a couple of weeks and I’ve upgraded to the Ultimate Beginners workout (which I think is a little harder than the Absolute Beginner). I’m going to keep working on it and hopefully within a couple of months I’ll actually be able to do the beginner workout that I started with, without needing to vomit!

If you’ve got suggestions for other things I could try to get fit, I’d love to hear them. Leave me a comment below.