One of the biggest fitness and fat-loss misconceptions is that you MUST workout out for an hour a day for fat-loss.
That couldn't be further from the truth.
Whenever I consult with a new client they are surprised that I don't prescribe daily, one hour workouts to help them accelerate and maintain their results.
Fat-loss starts in the kitchen, not on the treadmill.
Excess cardio catabolizes muscle (breaks down) and increases inflammation in the body, making it a poor environment for fat-loss.
Fitness should be purposeful and fun; it should have just enough of an impact to elicit a metabolic effect, without spiking hunger and inflammation. Have you ever exercised so hard that you are starving afterwards? That's not what you should be looking for in a workout. Exercise isn't about pounding and punishing- it should strengthen and improve balance, increase bone density and help prevent injuries, while improving cardiovascular endurance and mobility.
Your workouts should be short, sweet and make you breathless. Welcome to the HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout-short explosive workouts that are functional, practical and completely customizable. based on your age, injury status and mobility.
In this short 5 minute workout, you can customize it based on your fitness level, so don't feel threatened if this is out of your wheelhouse!
- Use a chair instead of a pumpkin for the squats
- Don't jump, just sit and squat
- Use a wall for the core climbers instead of a chair or pumpkin
- Set a timer for 5 minute countdown-see how many rounds you can complete in 5 minutes!
It's that easy! Let me know how you did! Make sure you warm up with 1 -2 minutes of light mobility and dynamic stretching-you can actually run through a round of this workout at a much slower pace!