Hey everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and staying cool. Maryland is under a heat advisory today because we are seeing 105 degrees today.

There are going to be some exciting new additions to Operation Nutrition. Before I tell you about them, I need to back up a bit. Almost 2 years ago, I decided to create Operation Nutrition because:

  • I love food.
  • I love fitness.
  • I love learning about all around healthy living.
  • I love writing.

As you can see nutrition & fitness are a passion of mine. The other passion I have is teaching. By day I am an elementary school teacher (which I absolutely enjoy). But, I wanted to create a place where I could write about my journey in leading a healthy life through nutrition & fitness (while hopefully entertaining  and giving ideas to others). So that is how Operation Nutrition came about.

Up until now, this blog has mainly been featuring healthy recipes. The addition that is coming to Operation Nutrition is going to be tons of fitness ideas/workouts!!! (think of this as your very own virtual personal trainer…for free) Smile

I recently became a “Certified Personal Trainer” and I am so excited to begin adding fitness ideas to this blog!

As we all know a healthy life is one that includes healthy eating and exercise…so I thought “Why not put both together here for my readers?!?!”  I am so excited to share this journey with you all.

Okay, so now down to business. Where to begin with exercise??? (First and foremost, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program)

Today’s post is going to give a brief introduction to some of my favorite types of exercises. Think of this as an exercise introduction.

These are some of the types of exercise routines you’ll be seeing on here:

1. High Intensity Interval Training (also known as HIIT) – This is a workout that includes intense bursts of energy for a short fixed period of time, followed by less-intense exercises for a fixed period of time. I have a love/hate relationship with this workout. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how I feel when I am finished (I feel like superwoman when I’m done) but it can be intense and force me to push through (even when I don’t want to). But that my friends, is what helps your body change and helps you to see results.

“The study, from scientists at Canada’s McMaster University, adds to the growing evidence for the benefits of short term high-intensity interval training (HIT) as a time-efficient but safe alternative to traditional types of moderate long term exercise. Astonishingly, it is possible to get more by doing less!” (source)

  • Benefits:
          • This type of workout does not take up a lot of time. (Think: not having to spend an hour on an elliptical or treadmill)
          • Doing this type of workout, your body will continue  to burn fat throughout the day (not just while you’re working out)
          • You don’t need any equipment to do this (no expensive gym membership!!!)

2. Circuit Training – This is a workout that includes resistance training combined with aerobic training. (Think: alternating between lifting weights and then doing a form of cardio between sets). This is one of my all-time favorites.

  • Benefits:
          • This type of workout can be done at home or at they gym.
          • Some circuit training workouts can be done using just your body weight (if you don’t have hand weights or resistance bands).
          • It combines both resistance training and cardiovascular training so it saves time. (I remember years ago spending a lot of time at the gym doing 30 minutes of cardio training on an elliptical and then 45 minutes of weight training. Now as a full-time teacher I just don’t have that kind of time to spend at the gym…plus I don’t want to spend that kind of time on exercising).
          • It improves strength and can be done as a full-body workout.
          • Typically burns more calories than weight lifting alone (and also continues to burn even after your workouts are finished).

3. Tabata – This is a workout that is literally 4 minutes long!!! It is geared more towards intermediate/advanced exercisers as it is INTENSE (so if you’re new to exercise, this workout should be avoided until you reach a more intermediate/advanced level…you don’t want to hurt yourself). It is another form of HIIT that includes 4 minutes of 8 intervals completed in 20 seconds. During those 20 seconds, you go ALL OUT!  Tabata is very new to me and I’m still learning how to effectively incorporate it into my workout routine. You can read more about it here .

So, I hope this was a good introduction and provided you with some helpful pieces of information. I will be posting workout routines that use the HIIT, Circuit, Tabata training methods, as well as, other fitness routines. I hope you’ll enjoy this addition! Smile

Please feel free to leave me comments or questions (I am here to answer questions and also learn from you) Smile

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on “Creating an Exercise Plan!”

Print Friendly