Health & Fitness

My Two Cents

No better time than now than to start working out. For all the people stuck in college, you understand the transformative nature of summer: everyone seems to come back a different person: more tanned, slimmer, fatter , rejuvenated by the trailing of summer vacations abroad or wizened up by some impressive resume-fattening internship.

Personally, I take summer as a time to really enrich myself: physically and mentally – more so physically because it is just easier. In the last month of summer, I have really stepped it up to 4-5 workouts (which include cardio and weights) per week. This has really loosened my favourite sports bra/tank – a blessing for obvious reasons but curse because I really like the way it looks.

Over the years, I have basically done endurance training (the longer on the treadmill, the better right? Fitnessfitnessfitness) but since last year my workouts have been a lot shorter and have yielded similar, if better results. My aerobic fitness has improved as well as my core strength; I can’t say that it is a fitness fad, but it has definitely gotten a lot more popular in the last two years.

The answer for me: HIIT training.

HIIT training is something that I really advocate because it makes things much easier – it feels more like a mental game than a physical game. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) training makes you train hard, in short intervals because in layman’s terms it keeps burning fat after training. HIIT for me has helped burn fat – in the last month or so, I have seen a difference in the circumference in my thighs and butt, waist is definitely more defined, body weight has not shifted too much but I have dropped two dress sizes.

I’m not big on fitness fads because my ultimate goal is a sustainable change but I really feel that adding HIIT into my training has really changed the way I feel.  I feel a lot more spent after my workout however my energy levels are a lot higher and I feel so awake.  It is something I’m incorporating into my workouts in conjunction with endurance training (1-2 times a week). I love the feeling of getting stronger and more energized heading back into uni because it makes me so much more equipped to take on the new year

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