Inevitably when conversations about fitness, weight, and health come up, many people say that lack of time is the culprit holding them back from getting in shape. Everyone is busy with work, family, and social obligations.
Interval training can save you time and is better at fat burning than traditional cardio exercise. If you had the choice between a long, boring cardio workout, or a 20 minute interval workout that was more effective at helping you burn fat, which would you choose? Easy question, right?
What Is Interval Training?
Interval Training is simply alternating short bursts of intense exercise with intervals of lighter activity. An example would be brisk walking for 30 seconds, followed by one minute of slower walking. This would then be repeated for a total of 20 to 25 minutes. Intervals can be done walking, running, on a stationary bike, elliptical trainer, rowing machine, or treadmill. One of my favorite methods of interval training is hill sprints. I run up a hill in the woods near my house for anytime between 30-60 seconds, walk down the hill, and repeat this 6 times. Begginers can start out interval training with walking, with short bursts of as little as 8 seconds.
The Benefits Of Interval Training
A recent article in The New York Times entitled, ” What’s The Single Best Exercise”, quotes Martin Gibala, chairman of the department of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, as saying, ” I think actually, you can make a strong case for H.I.T(high intensity intervals). Subjects in tests he conducted using stationary cycling intervals increased their aerobic capacity as much as test subjects who rode at a steady state for much longer periods of time.
Michael Bracko, a sports psychiologist, said at a presentation at The American College of Sports Medicine annual convention, that high intensity interval training can boost metabolism and help in weight loss.
The best advantage that I see in interval training with my clients, is that you get incredible results, without spending hours in the gym doing boring, slow, cardio workouts. You can be fit and lean exercisng 20-30 minutes 3 times a week!
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