For the majority of my life, I have been active by running and lifting weights. Since the birth of my twins, I have continued being active, but in a different way.
Once the doctor gave me the okay to start working out I began to do what I had always done, run. For me running + taking care of newborn twins + breastfeeding did not mix. I remember my last run while I was breastfeeding; it was tragic and slightly traumatizing. After that awful run, I knew I had to take a break from running. It just wasn’t working out.
I still had the pregnancy weight I needed to lose. All I have ever known was in order for my body to lose weight I had to run 6+ miles 5-6 days a week and honestly I just did not have the time. I began researching the internet for quick weight loss workouts and found information on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT is a short workout, usually 20 minutes or less, that involves a repeat of an intense burst of exercise followed by a short rest time. I had read research studies about the benefits and its effectiveness for weight loss, but had never tried it. I found my solution through bodyrock.tv. It had everything I was looking for, quick workouts and promised weight loss.
My first workout was torture. Here I was able to run 13 miles, yet a short 16 minute HIIT workout kicked my behind. I remember I could only complete 8 regular push-ups before finishing on my knees in 50 seconds. Now I’m able to complete more than 30 regular push-ups in 50 seconds. I also lost all of my pre-pregnancy weight and an additional 15 pounds.
The best thing about these workouts, besides the weight loss, is it doesn’t require any equipment only a $20 interval timer.
Now that I’m not breastfeeding, I have added several runs to my weekly workouts. I have finally found a workout regimen that is balanced and works.
In a later post, I will breakdown my HIIT workouts.
Are there any workouts you swear by to lose unwanted weight?
-HIIT helped me lose my pre-pregnancy weight. Running and HIIT has helped me maintain my weight loss.