There’s a saying that goes, exercise should be a gift you give yourself—not a punishment. But if your workouts are starting to feel like a chore (or worse, torture), you likely need to reassess your current fitness plan. What’s that? Your gym time tends to consist of 30-minute sessions on the elliptical followed by a few strength exercises? Bo-ring. Time to trade in your monotonous steady state cardio workouts for more high-intensity interval training. According to a recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE, HIIT workouts became increasingly enjoyable for participants over the course of a six week program as they grew fitter and stronger, whereas the moderate continuous exercise group reported their enjoyment declined.
Still skeptical? Give this lower body HIIT routine a try. In just 30 minutes, you’ll be drenched in sweat, your glutes will be on fire, and you’ll be totally hooked.