I used to think that the only way to get really fit and burn the most fat was to run marathons or spend hours at the gym, working at a set heart rate. Since then, I have seen the light and my workouts have become more efficient and effective. How? Via the ‘buzz’ fitness word of 2014: HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training. It makes you sweat, like seriously.
My interest in this kind of exercise came about in relation to the Paleo way of life, after getting my hands on this amazing book. Luke Hines and Scott Gooding are all for exercise like the cavemen used to where your body never knows what’s coming next, whether you are sprinting away from a sabertooth tiger or lifting a massive rock – adapted and mimicked for today’s world.
People are sacrificing massive amounts of their pay to sign up to a gym when there are more effective ‘natural’ exercises.
More exercise + less equipment = a good thing
This lifestyle is a recipe for success as it is complimented by the Paleo ‘diet’ (it’s not a diet because diets always fail after 2 years max) that essentially cuts out the crap that we are constantly exposed to, as well as dairy and wheat that cause more people grief than anyone realises. Trust me, this idea may not be easy at first: I had an addiction to Greek Yoghurt like you wouldn’t believe pre-dairy intolerance diagnosis.
Here are some YouTube clips that a) give you a healthy dose of fresh air and vitamin D*, b) can be done anywhere and c) aren’t time consuming. Whenever I am lacking motivation, these videos make me want to bust out a workout: here, here, here and here.
I have always scoffed at the idea of yoga without really researching it at all. I never considered that it was more than just hippies doing the tree pose! It can actually make you get quite hot and sweaty since you generally move between each pose relatively fast. Yoga focuses on deep breathing that is an awesome way to de-stress and allow your body to be able to ‘rest and digest’. If you’re anything like me, losing access to a yoga mat for a week drives you crazy! See here and here for amazing videos.
* Dr Libby on Vitamin D:
“As the sun’s action on the cholesterol in our skin is our major source of vitamin D it is important to spend a little time each day exposed to the sun and to increase our food sources of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is an important nutrient for bone health, immunity, cancer prevention and mood regulation. Its role in bone health is to support the uptake of calcium and phosphate which are bone strengthening minerals, especially in growing children and the elderly. While we normally synthesize the majority of our vitamin D from the sun through our skin, we can get some during the winter from oily fish, organic butter and eggs.”