Starting Hillfit

Today I started Chris Highcock’s Hillfit exercise program.  It’s basically four exercises I can probably finish in 40 minutes a week, split into two sessions.

In addition I’ll be doing twice-weekly interval training on a treadmill:

  1. 3-minute warm-up at 5.3 mph, then
  2. 12 minutes of 1-minute fast runs (7-8 mph) alternating with 1-minute slow jogging (5.3 mph), then
  3. 3-minute cool-down by walking 2.5-3 mph

I’ll dial a 1% grade into the treadmill to simulate wind resistance I’d get if outdoors.

After six or eight weeks I’ll switch to another program, such as Jonathan Bailor’s Smarter Science of Slim, which also promises reasonable fitness with relatively little time and equipment investment.

If you hope to exercise regularly, you’ll need to be motivated.  I’ve recorded my motivations.  What’re yours? 

Steve Parker, M.D.