Crossfit vs HIIT?
Find the right fitness workout for you
Looking for a workout that’s high in intensity, saves you on time, and is often part of a fitness community? Then high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or Crossfit might be right for you! Both allow you to cycle through various movements that work multiple muscle groups. So what’s the difference?
Our modern lives are jam-packed, and working a full-time job takes up a huge chunk of each day. Between commuting to the office, working a full day, and commuting home, it can feel like there’s no time for fitness, especially if you also have a family to care for or other obligations.
If you’re struggling to find time for both fitness and your full-time job, here are some tested tips and tricks for fitting fitness into your schedule. Keep reading to learn more about your new action plan!
Find an activity you love
If you don’t love the type of fitness you’re doing, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to motivate yourself to hit the gym before or after work. If you hate running, lifting weights, or anything else don’t make those activities part of your exercise plan.
“Try on” different types of fitness until you find something you love. This quick list has five types of exercise you may have never even heard of, and you can do some of the programs right at home.
Once you’ve found a type of fitness you love, find some friends
This article is about how a busy, working dad finds time for his favorite physical activity: CrossFit. He loves CrossFit and the community he’s found at the gym. They hold each other accountable and keep things fun, and that’s exactly what you’ll need.
Some days, you won’t feel like working out after a long day at the office. Your fitness friends can help motivate you to keep going, and their support can be invaluable.
Not sure where to find like-minded exercise buddies? If you attend classes, try talking to some of your classmates before or after class. If you lift at a gym, introduce yourself to someone you see there regularly. You can even make friends on the trail and at trailheads if you’re willing to start a conversation.
Get creative with your workout scheduling
With a full-time job, sometimes the only way to make time for fitness is to get creative with how you fit it into your day. Lunchtime workouts are one alternative to working out before or after work, and here are some resources to help you plan a lunch workout:
Remember, something is better than nothing
There’s no rule that says you have to work up a sweat for 60 minutes every day. If all you have time for is a quick 10-minute round of jumping jacks, push-ups, and bodyweight squats, that’s completely okay.
Schedule fitness alongside your job in a way that works for you. That could mean working out at 5:00 a.m. before work, at lunch time, doing a fitness video at home, or anything else. The important part is that you’re taking control of your exercise routine, and that’s something to feel good about.