runner in the fall

Football season has begun, and that can only mean one thing; cooler temperatures outdoors!  As the weather gets cooler, we are definitely more motivated to head outside to get in our workouts.  Is there anything better than waking up in the morning to the clean, cool Fall air and heading outdoors?  Sometimes our time in the morning is cut short because of work, child school drop off, coffee time, but if you have just 15 minutes, you can squeeze in your morning fitness routine!

My personal favorite workout is a short, all out HIIT style workout.  The days of long cardio sessions are over, if you can push yourself hard for 12 minutes, that is all your need.  This HIIT workout consists of quick, give-it-all-you've-got sprints combined with walking for recovery.  

The best way to keep track of your workout, is to use the light poles as your reference guide; some people refer to this workout as "Fartleks."  You will do 8 rounds of the sprint/walk combination.  This specific workout is more "sprint heavy," however if you feel that is too much running for you, reverse it and make your walking the longer portion and your sprinting the shorter portion. Here is how it works:

    1.  Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

     2. Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

     3. Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

     4. Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

     5. Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

     6. Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

     7. Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

     8. Sprint 2 sets of light poles

         Walk 1 set of light poles

 Happy fitness!

     

 

 

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