Did you watch Channel 4’s programme last week (7th Feb) How to Get Fit Fast?”  

A very easy watch, with some interesting information.

Three key things I took from it were:

  1. Group exercise helps you to burn more calories, and increase endorphin levels more than if we exercise by ourselves.  Working out in a group helps to keep us motivated, work a bit harder, & keep going for longer.
  2. We can do exercise and burn calories just by staying active in everyday tasks.  Examples mentioned were: Washing the car (burns 84 calories),  Taking the stairs (120 calories), and one of my favourites,  Shopping (burns around 58 calories per session).
  3. HIIT (or high intensity interval training) is a great way to get fit.  You can do it anywhere, and keep it short which means you can fit it into a busy week. They said it was particularly effective for people in 9-5 jobs, busy mums, those aged over 50, and people who are new to exercise.   

If you want to give HIIT a try, a great place to start is Wednesday evening’s session 7.15pm @ Samuel Lucas School, Hitchin.  We do 45 seconds of an exercise, rest for 15 seconds, and then repeat that interval with a range of simple cardio and strength exercises.  You work at your own level and pace.  A friendly and fun session, with a wide range of fitness levels & ages.  

For more details on Hiit in Hitchin email : caroline@casfitness.com