I have always had a great love for cardio! You could actually say it borders on obsession. My favorite was the elliptical. I used to think it was my best friend until I realized through the help of the lovely Parisa http://freshfitfabulous.wordpress.com/ that the sometimes 90 minutes elliptical workouts I did daily were actually what was keeping me from losing the stubborn 10 pounds I gained after getting married. Who knew that more cardio was not the answer?
In came HIIT! I had asked Parisa for some help in figuring out why I was stuck with the same 10 pounds even though I was going to the gym for almost 2 hours a day 7 days a week. She convinced me to try a plan she had come up with. This also included HIIT as cardio. It was love right away. I have never felt so invigorated after my workouts. I now only do cardio 3 times a week but when I do it is worth it!
High Intensity Interval Training is any workout that alternates between intense bursts and fixed periods of less-intense activity. The best part is that I do not have to workout as long as I used to! HIIT is the best way to burn fat I have ever found. Those 10 pounds are now gone and are not coming back! The treadmill is my favorite way to get my HIIT workouts in. Here is one of my favorite treadmill workouts:
5 minute jog warm up 5mph
1 minute at 7mph
1.5 minutes at 5 mph
Repeat till reaching 50 minutes
Cool down 10 minute walk 3.5 mph
Give it a try and let me know what you think! What is your favorite cardio workout?