If you’re on the hunt for training techniques that prioritize speed, cardio and actually keeping you entertained and engaged, you can’t go wrong with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts. These workouts, which alternate between high intensity and low to moderate intensity recovery periods, are considered particularly effective for your metabolism and your endurance (though, to be fair, Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) workouts can do this too) by allowing your body to get the best of aerobic and anaerobic exercise.
Best of all, HIIT-style exercises are ideal for when you’re dealing with the day-to-day time crunch that might keep you from going to the gym or doing a more time-consuming workout — you can do some impactful HIIT work anywhere, with little to no equipment and clock it all in at under a half hour. Though some HIIT workouts are definitely designed for more seasoned pros (and you definitely want to be mindful to avoid stress injuries and not over-exert yourself when you’re just getting into them — work your way up to anything too difficult for you!), there’s still a good amount of HIIT videos for beginners that give you a chance to try out this workout style for yourself.
30 Minute Full Body HIIT
This full body HIIT workout will target every major muscle group and get that heart rate up so you will build strength and burn fat at the same time,” Robertson writes. “No equipment needed in today’s bodyweight HIIT workout so all you need to do is follow along.”
The moves and pace are easy to follow and the music is chill and not going to annoy you into turning the video off if you don’t have your own playlist at the ready, which is always a bonus.
15 Minute Low-Impact, Squat-Free Low Impact HIIT
A Body Positive HIIT Workout
Plus, like all of these, it’s simple and fun enough that you’ll totally want to repeat the exercise when you’ve got some free time — which is never a bad thing!
A version of this story was published March 2020.