I'm never one to shy away from admitting that running is not my favorite form of cardio. If you love running marathons and five miles at a time, I can't relate. However, I won't deny the pros of this basic, yet beneficial exercise.
Although a steady pace of running is really good for your heart and a cornerstone in training programs, high intensity interval training (HIIT) can be very effective as well. Every now and then, I will spend 25-30 minutes running outside to get my heart pumping and my endurance up. But when my focus is burning fat quickly, I prefer HIIT. HIIT workouts can range with many different muscle groups and exercises, but can also be applied to running.
Ya'll know it's heating up and summer is right around the corner, so I'm sucking it up and hitting the pavement outside. There's a walking/bike lane that seems to go on forever near my apartment, so that's where I run. Of course, you can also run on a treadmill, I just prefer the great outdoors. If you are trying to burn some fat in a shorter amount of time, give this running interval a go!
Minutes 1-4: Warm up with a jog at about 50% effort.
Minutes 5-9: Sprint 30 seconds at maximum effort, then jog/walk for 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Minutes 10-5: Cool down and jog at about 50% effort.
Of course, don't forget to stretch afterwards! If your muscles aren't already tightening after that workout, you are definitely going to feel it later! I keep dreaming about shopping and eating everything I've missed back home, so I'm motivated to put in some extra work right now. What motivates you to workout?