Self-care Express: HIIT for the Home
Not to brag (though I do encourage bragging in my clients!), but my strength training is pretty dialed in. Especially since I stopped thinking of my alternating routines as either hard or long. Instead, the hard sequence is now known as “short day” and the long is now “easy day.” It makes all the difference in my willingness to begin—the hardest part.
In fact, this reframe has been so magical I feel ready to add some high-intensity interval training, aka HIIT. This is when you work really hard, but only for, say, 15 seconds. Then you rest for 45 seconds before working hard again. I’m scouring Craigslist for an exercise bike right now (and let me tell you, there is not as much gently used equipment on there as I had been led to believe).
Until then I’m enjoying the fantasy of being some one who HIITs. If that’s how the term is used. Unsure.
Not here to talk about exercise though
This is about HIIT for the home, or high-intensity interval tidying. And I don’t mean tidying as a euphemism for decluttering, a la KonMari. Many of us are several years post-Kondo, and in that time even Marie herself has gone a little post-Kondo. (Just ask her! Or read her new book, Kurashi at Home. It is a soothing balm of low-ambition gracious living.)
I mean ordinary housekeeping. Dishes and dusting and putting things away.
It’s a safe bet that most people can fold clothes all-out for longer than they can run at top speed. The barriers are more mental than physical. Still: the limits are real.
So I’m experimenting with five-minute intervals, scattered throughout the day. This used to seem pitiful to me, like who can’t do their vacuuming all in one go? I guess the answer is me, for one. I bow to reality.
And the thing about tidying five minutes at a time is, you don’t have to resist! You also don’t have to rest. You can do your five minutes (or whatever your threshold is) and then live life! You can go about your more interesting business.
Eventually, I find I am ready for another five minutes. The impulse seems to occur naturally. And at the end of the day, the house seems better for it. More has gotten done.
What about you? Fast-twitch impulse cleaner, or do you like an organized approach? Tell us what works in the comments below.