I LOVE HIIT! And so do a lot of other people! As a matter of fact, Hight Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) was named the #1 predicted fitness trend of 2014 by the American College of Sports Medicine.
If you didn’t read So You Want to Know About HIIT?, here’s a brief synopsis: In HIIT you work as hard as you can, doing 4-8 different exercises for a prescribed amount of time, followed by a short rest period.
It’s gotten a lot of attention lately because it has been shown to BURN MORE FAT than traditional aerobic exercises and it TAKES LESS TIME!
The idea is that when you work at a high enough level, your body will continue to need energy sources (fat) long after you’ve stopped, thereby, continuing to burn fat when you’re finished.
So, what’s God got to do with HIIT? (Insert Tina Turner music here.)
Well, let’s take a look back at a great place to start…the beginning.
In Genesis chapter 1, we read the awesome story of creation.
On the first day, God created day and night. Next – he made everything we call the sky. But, he wasn’t done yet! On the third day he made all the land and seas then made plants to produce our fruits and veggies. That seems like a lot, right?
Well then we get to day four. He creates the sun, moon, and stars – so many they can’t be counted. The fifth day He puts some living creatures on earth and starts with birds and sea animals. Now on the 6th day, He goes crazy and makes all the land animals!
Then (still on Day 6 here) God shows off and creates Adam and Eve – His greatest and most prized creation. Now, all of that definitely sounds like some hard work.
Then, on the 7th day…wait for it…
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. – Genesis 2:2 (NIV)
In case you missed one key word there – He RESTED.
So, what’s God got to do with HIIT? That sounds just like HIIT to me!
God worked hard! He performed six different “exercises” as hard as He could, and then took a short rest.
In that shorter amount of time he got more accomplished (burned more fat) than if He’d slowed down and done less each day so He could last the full seven days.
And we think we came up with this stuff!
There are 3 key things I want you to take away from this:
1. God is the originator and inspirer of it all.
Always look to Him first for guidance in everything.
- When you don’t know what to do – Seek Him first.
- When everything is going great – Give him praise!
- When you don’t completely understand – He has the answer!
- When things aren’t going so great – Give him praise! (I covered both ends of that, right?)
2. You can get more accomplished when you allow yourself a little rest break.
When you try to do too much, you wear yourself out!
In the book, The Best Yes, Lysa TerKeurst says,
“A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.”
Don’t get overwhelmed! Give yourself a break!
3. There are always residual effects of our actions.
In HIIT, your body uses your rest time to continue burning fat!
Work hard physically and spiritually when you have the chance, and watch what God can do with the rest.
Let’s Get FIT Together!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray today that you will show me how to rest. Help me understand that times of waiting and resting aren’t necessarily times when I am being unproductive but times when you are working in the rest.