2018 Trend to Watch: LISS

CHAARG girls are huge fans of anything that keeps us on our toes + gets our hearts pumping! That’s why so many of us love HIIT workouts [high intensity interval training]. However, as the New Year approaches it seems to be bringing with it a new type of workout that may steal the fitness world’s spotlight — LISS [low intensity steady state]! LISS combines the intervals of HIIT with low intensity workouts to give us a workout that pushes our bodies without exceeding our limits. While HIIT still remains a huge trend in the fitness world, LISS workouts may become the next big thing to try at the gym!

WHAT IS HIIT?

HIIT workouts always manage to push our bodies to the limit + make for a killer #sweatsesh! These workouts consist of intervals of 20 to 30 seconds of all out, 100% effort followed by a short resting period. HIIT sessions get your heart racing without taking up more than an hour of your day! It’s also a great go-to because it can be done anywhere – no equipment necessary! So next time you’re looking for a more intense workout, try a fast-paced, fun-filled HIIT routine!

WHAT IS LISS?

LISS [low intensity steady state cardio] workouts consist entirely of low to moderate intense moves, such as a walk on the treadmill or an easy bike ride across campus! LISS workouts still burn as many calories as HIIT workouts, but completing a LISS routine can take a bit more time than those 20 second intervals you’re used to! While intervals are still a necessary part of a LISS workout, they tend to lean more toward 60 seconds instead. These low intensity workouts are a perfect way for someone new to the fitness world to work their way up to those intense HIIT workouts we all know + love!

SO… HIIT OR LISS?

In the recent debate between HIIT or LISS, the answer is both! If your go-to workout typically has a higher intensity, LISS workouts are great to add into your routine! They give your body a little recovery time without taking a full day off [but don’t forget to take a day off every once in awhile too ; ) ] Allowing your body that little bit of rest also reduces the risk of injury. If you’re more of a low intensity kinda girl, LISS is the perfect day-to-day routine! However, with any lower intensity routine, it becomes more important to focus on pre- + post-workout nutrition to make sure you’re keeping your body fueled + ready to take on those long intervals. So if you choose to take on those every day LISS workouts, make sure you’re studying up on the best post-workout smoothie combination out there ; ) If you’re a high intensity fanatic, HIIT is the perfect workout for you! Those quick workouts are super efficient + can be great to throw into your routine for those in-between work//class workouts. ++ Who doesn’t love a quick, challenging sweat sesh?

So whether you’re HIIT enthusiast or a LISS lover, you’ll be killing your #sweatsesh no matter what! If you’re interested in the LISS life, try researching some fun combinations + share with your fellow CHAARG girls on Instagram! We all love to learn about new workouts!

+Beth [bethb_inchaarg] // GVSU CHAARG

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