There was a time a few months ago when I would hop on the treadmill for 30min-40min just to burn enough calories to eat some more in the day. This is not necessary. I noticed even though I spent so much time jogging, I was losing no weight. I wasn’t even pigging out after or recuperating the calories I burned by eating so I was really just convinced that my body wanted to stay the weight it currently was.
I decided to try something new. I had done it a few times here and there, but never consistently. It’s called HIIT or high intensity interval training. This stuff works! I spend about 20 minutes on the treadmill, eat the same as before (I track all my foods for the most part in MyFitnessPal) and started seeing changes unlike before.
Another awesome side effect of this exercise is that I feel faster. All my life I have never been the fast person on the team. I was almost always among the last few when we’d do races or sprints at practice. With this HIIT exercise, I feel faster. I used to sprint at speed 9, but I’ve now been able to do as fast as speed 10.5-11 on the treadmill. Give it a try! It really does work and you will sweat.
0-3 min: warm up (walking on speed 3.5, then take up to a slow jog on speed 6)
3-13 min: 40 seconds sprinting (choose your own speed and take your time building up to faster speeds – if you are new to this start out at speed 8.5 or 9), then 20 seconds completely off (I usually let the treadmill run while I take this break). You’ll do this for 10 minutes straight and the time will fly by.
13-16min: cool down and walk or jog at low speed.
This is all I started out with (alongside my weight lifting exercise) and I saw a huge difference and saved time. The best part is USG has the equipment you need to get this quick workout in.
Try it out and let me know how it goes!