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High intensity interval living

You’re probably familiar with high intensity interval training (abbreviated HIIT). It’s a way to build conditioning by interspersing high intensity cardio into a low to moderate-intensity workout. Typically these short bursts of intense cardio are done for 30-60 seconds between lower-intensity “recovery periods,” done for 2-3 minutes.

The point of HIIT is to build endurance and speed, and to turbo-charge calorie burn.

Because of the recovery periods, we can spend more time exercising at high intensity than we could if we tried to go all-out without adequate recovery.

In HIIT, the recovery period is crucial.

A recent slump in my workout enthusiasm got me started thinking: I typically go all out, almost all the time in my workouts. Maybe it’s time to grant myself a little bit of a recovery period.

I can’t think of a better time to do it than the summer.

I’m not gonna slack off too much; I’ll still exercise 5-6 days per week, but I’m gonna take the intensity down a notch. It’ll give my body a chance to rest a bit, and I think the mental break from all of that intensity will do me good in the long run. I’m calling it high intensity interval living. Cause we can’t go all-out all the time without some recovery.

Not to worry though – I’ll still be working my way through the “100 days of awesome” and making good food choices every day, and I hope you will be too!

Have a happy, healthy week!

– Marilyn

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