To me, it feels like this year has absolutely flown by.....I only have a week and a half left of school in this semester!!!! Of course, this week and next will probably be a little hectic school-wise for me, trying to get everything done, but that will only make the time go by even faster! I'm really looking forward to the holidays and spending time with my family! I don't know what all we're going to do over Christmas break, but am definitely excited about it! :D Do you have any Christmas plans yet?
For Christmas, I want to try to make something for our friends and coworkers here. I've decided to bake a bunch of Christmas-y stuff and give little "goodie bags" to everyone. Last night I tried out a caramel corn recipe to see if it was good enough to give out.......and it is halfway gone, so I'm thinking that it was. I used this recipe and the only complaint that I have is that I felt like I didn't have enough caramel to cover all of the popcorn.......so next time I'll make a little bit more and that should solve my problem! So, when it is closer to Christmas, I'll make a batch of that, and I think some of the thin mints that I made last year. Other than that, this is my first real "holiday baking" experience, so I have absolutely no idea what to make......
What are your favorite things to bake during the Christmas holidays?
In a completely different topic, I just want to quickly share a type of workout that I'm definitely planning on doing over the holidays. Since my entire family will actually be together most of the time, I don't want to spend too long working out every day and missing out on family stuff. High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is considered to be one of the most effective quick workouts. A typical HIIT workout lasts anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the intensity of the interval. There are also many different types of HIIT intervals, like Tabata (20 seconds all-out, 10 seconds rest), 30-sec intervals and 60-sec intervals.
Here's some more info on HIIT:
“HIIT is a training idea in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals.
HIIT can be applied to running or to exercises such as squatting. HIIT is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio because the intensity is higher and you are able to increase both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat than ever before.
"In research, HIIT has been shown to burn adipose tissue more effectively than low-intensity exercise - up to 50% more efficiently." It has also been shown to speed up your metabolism which helps you burn more calories throughout the day.
HIIT will accomplish two goals: it will help accelerate fat loss and improve aerobic and anaerobic endurance. HIIT will most likely produce very fast results in a short period of time which is why it has been gaining popularity ever since it was introduced to the bodybuilding community.
Nobody can promise any specific results but it is feasible that after an 8-week cycle of HIIT combined with weight training, you and those around you will be able to notice a significant change to your body. Athletes will be able to perform better in their given sport and will outperform others toward the end of games when everyone else is getting tired.
Scientific literature suggests that HIIT is much more effective than regular cardio for accomplishing both of the goals stated earlier. "The reason that High Intensity Interval Training works better [than normal cardio] for fat loss is this: When you do a cardio session at the same pace the whole time, your body goes into what is called steady state. This means that your body has adjusted itself to the speed you are going and tries hard to conserve energy (calories). You will be able to avoid this and burn more calories and FAT by doing the interval training." (Source: http://davedraper.com/hiit-cardio-training.html).”
A 20 minute workout that is as effective as a longer, steady state workout? Count me in. :D Also, if anyone out there is looking for tips on how to stay healthy over the holidays, check out Erin's new series here!
Do you like HIIT workouts?
I've been doing the TurboFire HIIT workouts and have loved them!!! :D I also do the 30 day shred, which isn't HIIT, but another great short workout!
Well, that's about it for today....see ya'll later!