Are you still looking for that extra push to help you up your health and fitness game this year? To my friends both already into healthy living and looking to get into it, I have something that just might help you finally make that baby/huge/awesome/possibly scary step.
I recently received HIIT It! by my good blogging friend, Gina.
A lot of you might recognize her at The Fitnessista! I have been following her blog for years, and have gotten opportunities to travel and attend a handful of blogging events with her. She’s such a delight to hang with, and her informative and relatable personality really shines through in her book.
Gina does a fantastic job at taking you through everything you need to know about maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. HIIT is obviously the focus, but she equips you with so much more to help you ease into a healthy weight loss journey.
She shares her personal weight loss experience, her diet bombs (not surprising… not a fan of them!), and successes in finding an overall healthy “more from less” balance in her life with food and fitness.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) never lasts more than 30 minutes, including a short warm-up and cool-down. You can incorporate your favorite types of cardio (biking, jumping rope, running, rowing, stair-climbing, etc.) and plyometric exercises (power movements using maximum force in minimal time), and even use your own bodyweight as resistance.
HIIT is a style of workout you really can do anywhere. I am a huge fan of HIIT workouts and completed her 25 minute the Bodyweight HIIT Blitz workout last night. I shared this photo while I caught my breath and went upstairs a sweaty, jello-legged mess afterwards!
Gina goes through the basics of HIIT workouts, where the interval style of training came from (did you know they date all the way back to Olympic Athletes in the 1900s?), and a complete HIIT dictionary complete with photo demonstrations and cues of all the major movements.
She covers the different training zones and recommends you use a heart rate monitor to track your workouts. (As do I!) She talks about the basics of creating a budget-friendly home gym, and shares plenty of workouts to keep you busy day after day.
What I like most about this book is how it all flows together to create a perfect plan of healthy, active living. Yes, weight loss might be your goal, but the combination of quick and effective workouts you actually want to complete (even at home!), healthy (delicious) recipes, and mindset on how to incorporate it all into your existing hectic lifestyle is really what makes this one stand out from others in it’s niche.
While HIIT is considered to be a “less is more” workout, HIIT It! does not preach a get fit quick through dieting and overexercising approach. The “Lose Weight and Feel Great Fast” part of the title comes with the territory. If you aren’t currently staying active or watching what you eat, chances are it’s going to happen organically when apply her tips and suggestions.
I have also been dying to re-create some of the recipes included in this book. Unfortunately, making anything at home over the weekend wasn’t in the cards for me, but I fully plan on doing so in the future.
Have you seen her Amazeballs? (Yummm.)
You can find some of her favorite recipes featured on her blog, but only a portion of them. She saved some of the best ones (in my eyes: treats!) to debut in the book, and includes all of them as part of a balanced meal plan for the reader.
Beyond the recipes, Gina goes over the basics of healthy eating. She teamed up with registered dietitians and health professionals for this portion of the book, and I found her tips and guidelines very helpful.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to start or even maintain a healthy living lifestyle. HIIT It! provides much more than workouts and recipes, it shares a plan to get on track with your food and fitness!
HIIT It! Giveaway
As part of Gina’s blogging book tour, one lucky Housewife Glamour reader will win their own copy of HIIT It! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you look forward to the most while reading it. Workouts? Recipes? Meal plans? Go!
You have until Midnight Thursday, January 16th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced in this week’s Friday Favorites.
See you later this afternoon!