To add some variety to my exercise routine, I decided to give High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) a shot. The first workout I did was only 20 minutes, so I figured it would be a fairly easy introduction to this type of activity. I was wrong. Way wrong.
During the actual 20 minutes of the workout, I felt like I had COPD. Afterward, I was sore in places I didn’t even know you could be sore in. It took me three days to feel human again.
This is all slightly mortifying because: 1) I was once again reminded that I am so far out of shape I may as well be orbiting another planet; 2) Clearly, 20 minutes of a HIIT workout is way harder than 20 minutes of moderate running; and 3) This high intensity interval stuff has the power to reduce me to creaking around like a 95–year–old woman for 72 hours.
I did the same workout a week later, and astonishingly, I was only mildly sore the following day. In fact, I even went for a run. Progress? Let’s hope so.
If you’re interested in trying the same torture session workout, here’s what I did:
Three rounds; 45 seconds work; 15 seconds rest
*1 minute rest after each round
There’s also a 30 minute beginner version that adds a couple more exercises. Um… I think I‘m going to have to work my way up to that one.