Anxiety and Interval Training: Life Lately


This week has been insane. My to-do list is about 8 miles long and so so SO much has been changing at work. While making the transition into adult-world, it took me a while to find a solid routine, and now I’m having to readjust/make a new schedule/find a new one... which has thrown me off juuuuust a little. It's gonna be ok though, right?

 (SOS actually)

 With all this change at work my anxiety has SPIKED through the roof.  We’re talking ugly crying during my lunch break, panicky phone calls to my mom, and unjustifiable arguments with Michael type of anxiety. (please still love me)

One Step At A Time

One of my tip top anxiety coping mechanisms are...

 Drummmm roll pleaseeeee….

Working out. Womp womp.  Sorry I don’t have some crazy secret super original answer to anxiety. (If anyone does please holla at ya girl) But as for now I’ll just be hitting the gym.

PS -- how cute are these nikes!? Nordstrom Rack does it again... 

purple nikes

 Whenever I start to have an anxiety spell/attack it’s usually because either…

A.)   I haven’t worked out yet so all this negative energy (and just energy in general) is piling up and overflowing… or

B.)   If I’ve already worked out, I usually need to go for a walk/remove myself from whatever my surroundings are and refocus this anxious energy into something worthwhile.

Controlling anxiety is all about redirecting the unwanted energy.

Lately I’ve been all about some HIIT workouts. AKA Interval training.

HIIT involves short intervals of maximum intensity exercise separated by longer intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise.

THINK: Running at 6.5 for 2 minute and walking at 4.0 for 1 minute, then sprinting at 7.5 for 30 seconds followed by inclined walking at 3.5. Etc.

HIIT Workout

Not only does HIIT maximize calorie burn (bye bye last weeks 18 million cupcakes), but it's also mad fun.  I don’t know about y’all, but jogging at the same pace for 30 minutes gets pretty monotonous. If I’m not occupied with some great music or interesting people watching at the gym, cardio machines drive me insane.

I did the workout above last night and it was no joke. Although I wanted to crumble to the floor during the workout, I felt like a total champ once it was over.

Why You NEEED to Jump on the Bandwagon:

  1. HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session and afterward because it increases the length of time it takes your body to recover from each exercise session.
  2. HIIT trains and conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems. 

Since I work full-time I have to be particular about when and how I workout. If I can knock it all out during my lunch break and avoid the gym after an already draining 8-hour workday… that’s definitely my first choice.

Which is why HIIT workouts are the bomb. Max calorie burn & minimal time.

What's your fav workout? Tell! Tell! I'm always looking to mix it up. 

x, elizabeth