5. HIIT [600 calories/hour]
HIIT, or “High Intensity Interval Training,” has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. What was once used to train only elite athletes is now mainstream and can be found in any gym and all over in online workouts! High intensity interval training comes in many forms, but the goal remains the same: go all-out with your highest intensity for a short interval, then take a brief recovery and do it again. These higher intensity periods increase the body’s need for oxygen, causing your system to search for that oxygen and therefore burn more fat than lower intensity training.
How do you do it? You choose! This training can be done with running, cycling, elliptical machines an even with weights. The form is less important than the goal: HIGH INTENSITY. Most programs will have you push hard for between 20-30 seconds, with a short 10-20 second rest in between. Done correctly, you will be breathing through your mouth and should NEED the recovery in order to continue. The best news of all when it comes to Hiit is that 20 minutes is plenty of time to get this done! A 20-minutes Hiit session is more effective burning calories and fat overall than a 60-minute jog.
If you need a great HIIT idea to do at home, try our Calorie Sizzler Tabata Workout.