If you’ve never heard of HIIT before, it’s about time you do. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and no, it’s not just another workout trend. This type of workout has increased in popularity through workout videos and those with busy schedules for its effectiveness. The idea behind HIIT is that it gets your heart rate up quickly with a lot of cardio-focused intervals. You can get a solid workout in with only 15-30 minutes if you try HIIT.
2. Hot Yoga
Hot yoga is a great workout for you if you don’t have a lot of time. Most studios offer early classes and late classes, so you can go directly before or after work (just give yourself enough time to shower!). These classes are highly effective and run only 45-60 minutes. In one good class session, you will get in a good stretch, increase your heart rate, build muscle through pilates-style workouts and sweat a lot!
Jogging daily is a wonderful exercise for those who have a lot of time or who like to wake up early to get a long workout in, but if you are crunched for time, just sprinting a few laps back and forth will get your heart rate up, build strong muscle and burn a lot of calories. Sprints are great for building your glutes, quads and core, and take much less time than gym squats. Check your local high school or middle school, many public schools let community members in the track for free.
4. Weight Training
If you can make time to get to the gym early, or have weights at home, weightlifting is one of the most effective workouts you can do because you are building muscles, and doing cardio at the same time. Weightlifting causes what is called an afterburn effect, where once your muscles get hot from lifting, they continue to use extra energy to recover. Because your muscles need time to recover after a solid weightlifting session, you shouldn’t work the same muscles every day. Weightlifting every other day can help you maximize your workout days to 3-5 days a week instead of 6-7 and still get the same results.