High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
I can't stop touting the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for women. We've talked about the EPOC principal (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) and how it contributes to longer-term fat burning and how full-body workouts that combine weights and cardio are the key to burning calories while gaining strength. Let's face it, though, ladies, another key sales feature of this kind of workout is the time commitment. Women are busier than ever, and if the only option for a fat-burning workout is a minimum of 45 minutes, there will be days/weeks/months where we don't have that kind of free time.
HIIT workouts can be done in as few as 10 minutes (or 12 like in this CrossFit-style workout) and really shouldn't be longer than 30 if you are really working to your anaerobic threshold. HIIT workouts are meant to be fast-paced and intense — get in and get out. All the benefits of a longer, slower workout without all the time? Sold to the multitasking lady in the front!