Is running in place a good high intensity interval (HIIT) workout routine???

Yes indeed!

I had a conversation with a good friend and avid supporter of Exercise Menu the other day, and she asked me if running in place was a good workout. Understandably, many do not like to run outdoors or on treadmills, but like to run in place at home. And why not? You can watch TV, keep an eye on the kids, turn up the music and enjoy the comfort of your own home. Just make sure that if you live in an apartment, your downstairs neighbors aren’t home ­čśë

To many, it may seem like you cannot get a good workout simply by running in place, but the truth is that as long as it is done right, you can get an excellent cardiovascular workout just by running in place. The point; however, is that it should be done at a high intensity to get any true benefit.  Hence, I introduce you to the Running In Place High Intensity Interval (HIIT) Workout Routine!

Running In Place HIIT Workout

Before we begin this HIIT workout routine, there are a few things that you should know about HIIT:

  • You should perform a light 2-3 minute run in place warm up before beginning.
  • The faster you run, the more fat you will burn and the more fit you will become.
  • High intensity means HIGH INTENSITY! You must run in place as fast as you can for the given time period!
  • You can perform this workout routine 3-5 times per week for optimal conditioning ­čÖé

Now for your simple Running in Place High Intensity Interval Workout Routine

(View the “Jog in Place” Video Here)

  1. Run in place for 30 seconds as fast as you possibly can
  2. Rest for 30 seconds.
  3. Repeat 5 times for a total 10 minute workout routine.

If you do this right, you will be out of breath and pretty tired. But hey! It will be worth it because this workout will burn calories for the next 24 hours!

 References

Exercise Menu: HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training: Time Efficient and Effective

The Scientific Basis for High-Intensity Interval Training: Optimising Training Programmes and Maximising Performance in Highly Trained Endurance Athletes

Metabolic Adaptations to Short-term High-Intensity Interval Training: A Little Pain for a Lot of Gain?

Physiological adaptations to low-volume, high-intensity interval training in health and disease.