What? Did I get your attention? We are so often promoting the benefits of HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, so this just might surprise you!
Research shows that high intensity interval training increases cardiovascular endurance, increases lean body mass and aids in weight loss. But....HIIT workouts are only supposed to be done 1 - 3 times per week!
More is not better! Doing too many HIIT workouts increases your chance of injury. If you are doing a true HIIT workout, it should exhaust you! Too much HIIT could cause stress on your body and causes a release in cortisol (the hormone released when you are under stress). Chronic cortisol can cause a host of health problems and may increase fat gain around the abdomen. Not what we were going for! But don't throw out the baby with the bath water.
It's all good news. HIIT workouts are amazing. They are efficient and effective. Do them 1 - 3 times per week. This is how we designed our Body Back program. Fill your other days with a combination of aerobic cardio (think Stroller Strides, jogging, swimming), strength (Stroller Strides, weights, body weight exercise) and flexibility (Stroller Strides, yoga, stretching).
More is not better. Better is better. You should be moving most if not every day of the week. Fact. We sit too much. We sit at desks. We sit driving, We sit watching tv. Our bodies were meant to move, every single day. So find what works for you, what is fun for you and move!