Maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle is a tough challenge during lockdown, one that has understandably taken a back seat over the past few weeks. Average step counts are down and so many of the little bits of energy we use through a normal day are no longer called upon. Meanwhile chocolate, alcohol and Netflix are all on the up.
Many of us have got in the habit of regular walks or cycles, used fitness videos or even put together a makeshift gym to keep our bodies working. But with limited space or equipment, the hardest part is achieving real intensity.
It is possible, though, to do HIIT training at home during lockdown. HIIT – high-intensity interval training – is a training session made up of a series of fast bursts of exercise, like running on a treadmill or cycling on a wattbike. The key is to push hard: this anaerobic exercise has numerous benefits for the body, developing the heart and lungs over time to improve fitness and endurance and reduce body fat.
It makes you sweat, too. HIIT sessions are normally relatively short, between 20-30 minutes, but are always hard work and take plenty of motivation and discipline to see through on a regular basis – experts typically recommend three or four sessions per week. But with a little more time on our hands and some energy to burn, there’s no time like the present to do some interval training.