Exercise 101

The best workout for weight loss is a workout that includes tons of variety. Weight loss only occurs if the muscles are continually challenged. This is why all of the MIF DVDs include a lot of variety, again variety is the best weight loss workout. And keep in mind sufficient intensity is required during exercise to lose weight!

HIIT (high intensity interval training)

HIIT is used by professional athletes and fitness veterans. It is becoming more and more popular with the general population because it’s a quick workout. You follow periods of intense exercises with periods of rest. For example: 40 seconds of monster jumps followed by 20 seconds of rest, repeat.

Interval Training…the quickest way to burn calories

What is Interval Training? Simply put it is the quickest, most efficient way for you to burn fat and tone muscles! You alternate intense bouts of exercise with easier bouts of exercise and/or alternate cardio for a few minutes with toning for a few minutes. All MIF DVDs use this method because it provides the best results in the LEAST amount of TIME!

The Mayo Clinic provides scientific evidence here:

  • You’ll burn more calories. The more vigorously you exercise, the more calories you’ll burn — even if you increase intensity for just a few minutes at a time.
  • You’ll improve your aerobic capacity. As your cardiovascular fitness improves, you’ll be able to exercise longer or with more intensity. Imagine finishing your 60-minute walk in 45 minutes — or the additional calories you’ll burn by keeping up the pace for the full 60 minutes.
  • You’ll keep boredom at bay. Turning up your intensity in short intervals can add variety to your exercise routine.
  • You don’t need special equipment. You can simply modify your current routine.

How often should I workout?

You should try to get some form of exercise most days of the week. But as a busy mom this isn’t always possible. So try to work out for 30 minutes at least 4 times a week. You can do this with 3-10 minute workouts or 1-30 minute workout. You will burn the same amount of calories by splitting up your workout by doing short, intense bouts of exercise. If you do not see results within 4-6 weeks you must cut down the calories you consume and/or bump up your cardio.

What if I hit an exercise plateau?

This is inevitable unless you switch up your workout. To continually keep your mind and body challenged you must vary your workout every few weeks. As you continue to improve your health you will need to challenge yourself more and more.

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