Here we are again. So glad you stopped by to see me in my own little corner of the Blogosphere. I cannot believe this will be my 70th blog post. It just doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been doing this for that long already. This has become such a labor of love, that time just seems to fly by. My eye specialist’s visit went well. Vision was improved from last time and could read the small letters pretty well . Distortion is improved quite a bit. I know it’s there, but not to the extent that it bothers me all the time. Next injection the first week in March. God work’s miracles through these guys. Now onto the outfit you see me wearing today. The picture was taken in the lobby of St Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, where we were visiting someone. This outfit is the combination of many elements and I love,love, love it. Two pieces of this outfit are thrift store finds, the blouse and the long cowl neck sweater top. I wore the sweater top in late summer with black leggings. I knew I wanted to wear this again, but had to figure out what I could wear underneath it for the winter weather. This black blouse works well even though it’s got ruffles at the collar and down the front. Underneath the sweater top you can’t even tell. I had just gotten these charcoal grey skinny pants last week, and they went really well with it. Used this awesome silver belt overtop, silver jewelry, my black watch, black fitband, and my trusty black boots. When all done, I think I put together a really hip outfit. No fuddy duddy clothes for this Senior Citizen. I’m rocking everything I can , while I can, and loving every single second!!! Ok that’s out of the way, so let’s get down to business. Tonight’s topic of discussion and exploration is going to be on HIIT Training, otherwise known as high intensity interval training . Until I was doing Leslie’s walk videos for awhile, I had never even heard of it. I actually like the whole concept of short bursts of speed sandwiched in between more moderate paced walking. We’re going to start with information from something called The Daily Health Wire. In it’s Health and Wellness Section is an article entitled,” 4 Benefits of HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training”. It is from here that we will be taking our info. Link will be at the end of this segment. So to begin with, what is HIIT? High intensity interval training, is a strategy that alternates periods of short intense exercises-both cardiovascular and strength activities, with recovery periods . We are familiar with this through the interval training in some of our walks. But looks like they also use the same strategy in strength training. The author of this article is a fitness coach and personal trainer. You’ll be able to find all of this in the link . Here we go. Benefit # 1. Gotta like this one. You burn more calories. Here they seem to suggest combining the cardiovascular and strength training together. They say that the calorie burn from strength training, lasts longer than the cardiovascular portion . You’ll see when you read this though, that part of this is what you hear Leslie say about what happens, when you switch back and forth from high heart rate to lower heart rate. # 2. It’s efficient. Because of the post calorie burn you experience from a HIIT workout,it’s more efficient than most other workouts. In a time crunch? Opt for a short HIIT session. A 15-30 minute session can be beneficial when done correctly. # 3. Builds Endurance. Read through this small segment and you’ll recognize Leslie’s talk test. Kind of laughed when I read this , cause I could hear Leslie in my head talking about this. I’ve actually found myself saying things she’s said in her video’s with the same voice inflections. I’d love to know, am I the only one? # 4. No Equipment Needed. This is of course, self explanatory, but read here what a gym hit training session would include. http://www.trihealth.com/dailyhealthwire/wellness-and-fitness/4-benefits-of-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit/ Next up , more from The Mayo Clinic. This website seems to be a treasure trove of information. This is from the Healthy Lifestyles section on fitness, titled “Rev Up,Your Workout With Interval Training”. Do you wish you could burn more calories without spending more time at the gym? Ready to shake things up? It’s time to consider aerobic interval training. This used to only be used by athletes, but now it has become a powerful tool for the average exerciser. Anyone familiar with Leslie Sansone’s walk workouts, knows she now incorporates this tool in many of her workouts . The simplest way to describe interval training is this. It is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with lighter activity. Here are good examples using walking. The more fit walker would incorporate short bursts of walking into their regular brisk walks. For the less fit, alternate leisurely walking with periods of faster walking. If you’re on an outdoors walk, walk faster between certain landmarks. What exactly can interval training do for you? It doesn’t matter whether you are a novice or an experienced exerciser , interval training can jazz up your workouts and provide you with many benefits. Take these 4 benefits for instance. Again # 1 . Burn more calories. Anyone not want this? Don’t think so. # 2. It will improve your aerobic capacity. As you improve your cardiovascular fitness, you will be able to exercise longer or with more intensity. You could finish your 60 minute walk in 45, or go the full hour at a higher pace and burn more calories.# 3. You will be less bored. Interval training adds variety to your workout. # 4. Again you don’t need special equipment. Just modify your current routine. A question many people might be asking,” How will my muscles respond to interval training? Read this small section, but the bottom line is, by alternating bursts of intense exercise with easier intervals, you help reduce the waste products in your muscles, resulting in more comfortable exercise. Read over the last two sections found here for your own information, and as always there are other places to explore, after the article itself. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/interval-training/art-20044588?pg=1 Think we’ll end tonight with some more links you might be interested in. Now if you find yourself stuck in one of those plateaus, HIIT training might just be what you need. From Health Communities , “Boost Your Walking Routine”. http://www.healthcommunities.com/walking-for-fitness/high-intensity-interval-training.shtml From another blogger, Beginning HIIT Workouts. http://blog.codyapp.com/beginner-hiit-high-intensity-interval-training-workouts/. From Sparks People, Walking Workouts with intervals for beginners, intermediate, and advanced walkers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=122 Well think that should just about wrap it up for this edition of Carol’s Corner. Lots for you to explore on your own time, besides what I tried to cover. I think by the end of your time here today, you must be able to see the advantages to incorporating interval training into your exercise regimens, for a myriad of reasons. Take what you’ve found here and run with it,( no pun intended). As always I would value your feedback and would love suggestions for future offerings that would be of interest, and benefit you on your continued journey. Every time I put stylus to the page on my I Pad, I don’t know what is going to happen. I usually wait for some kind of inspiration to hit me and then just go with it. Somehow it always seems to come together. How, I am not even able to fathom , but can only attribute it to an angel watching over my shoulder each and every time I enter this space. I love each and every one of you, and want only the best for you on your journey of a lifetime, because that is what this is. Believe in yourself. Believe you are worth all the hard work and effort it takes to be successful on this journey. Try to see the big picture and never ever give up. Make 2015 be the most successful year in every way. Own your journey and everything it entails. Till next time, God bless.