There’s a free app out there I think anyone interested in fitness and exercise should have on their phone. It’s called “Simple Interval Timer,” or SIT. I use it almost every day, and I like it in particular because of how it can help people get into a new exercise.
The layout is simple to understand, as it shows the “Sets” or number of times you want to do whatever activity you’re doing, then “Action,” or the amount of time you’re doing that activity, then “Break,” for the amount of time you want to rest between your activity sets.
It also has a new feature called “Configuration,” which allows you to have 5 preset configurations. I love that setup! Personally, I use this for different activities. When I’m doing my core workout, I have it set for 30 second activity and 30 second breaks, but I do core as a circuit with no breaks, so it’s just a timer. When I’m doing HIIT, I have a configuration with 30 seconds activity and 90 second breaks, which I do for 8 sets.
Other days we just go out for run walks. I’m not personally into running, but I know that running is good for you, so I use another configuration for that. We typically start with about 5-10 minutes of walking, then set SIT for 30 seconds of running and 60 second walks, and we set it for 15 sets.
Another example of how to use SIT is to slowly adapt to an exercise. Let’s say you want to start running, and you’re going on 30-minute walks regularly. Set up SIT for a 20 second run every 5 minutes. You’ll get 6 20 second runs in. Most anyone can do that.
There are a ton of ways you can use this simple tool to aid in your fitness journey. Get SIT today, and get out there and get some exercise!
If you have questions about this or anything else, feel free to contact me!