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Here’s an update, I’m still on board with the 16/8 intermittent fasting but I feel as though things are at a stand still with regards to my goals of leaning out a bit more and yikes, the bloating. I think it’s the nuts/peanut butter etc and they HAVE TO GO!
I’m not saying nuts/beans/peanut butter are bad for you because they certainly are not ….I just have a very sensitive stomach (family history of all kinds of stomach issues).
 
Adding in cardio to any of your workouts is always a good thing but it is key to find a type that is the most effective… and that is HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT can be done anywhere and there are so many wonderful programs. I like doing my HIIT outdoors on the stairs. 

What is so great about HIIT training on the stairs?

Stair climbing does not require a gym membership or expensive exercise equipment, and stairs can offer a workout either indoors or out.
 
A person weighing 150 lbs. (me!!) will burn 102 calories walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes….Hell, I WILL NOT be walking….just not a walking kind of person. By running, I will burn about 190 calories every 10 minutes. For a person who weighs 200 lbs., walking up and down stairs burns 127 calories in 10 minutes, while running the stairs burns 239 calories. Holy this is amazing.

What exactly are the benefits?

Stair climbing builds endurance and strengthens muscles. Its reported, that stair climbing, over a period of time helps to decrease oxygen uptake, heart rate and blood lactate levels.

Something to consider

A high-intensity total body workout, stair climbing is popular among people who feel like they don’t have enough time to exercise. Ten minutes of stair climbing is reportedly about the same as 20 minutes of running, according to Stair Climbing Sport. 
So get your butt off that couch and give HIIT a try…..Your body will thank you!!

pinit fg en rect red 28 - HIIT the stairs for the best of interval training