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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Interval Training

Interval training is something that has been used by elite athletes in the past, but is becoming more popular among the average person as a way to get the most out of a workout in the least amount of time. It is something that anyone can do to rev up a workout.

Interval training is just adding short bursts of increased intesity to your exercise program. For example; if you are a walker, add short bursts of 20-30 seconds of jogging periodically during your warm up and  increase to 2-3 minute bursts.

Anytime you increase intensity, there are risks of injury. It is important to pay attention to your body and not do too much too fast. Interval training is a safe and effective fitness plan, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always check with your doctor if you have existing health issues that could be cause for concern with placing added stress on your body.

By alternating short bursts of intense exercise with easier intervals, it reduces muscle soreness resulting in more comfortable exercise. Having to maintain high intensity for long periods of time is difficult for many, so they never get the intense workout they need to see real change. By adding intensity through intervals, you are able to successfully maintain intensity throughout the full workout.

There are many levels of interval training, but if you are just wanting to add varity to your workout, you can detrimine the length and speed of each interval. One of the reasons I prefer this type of workout is because of the variety. If I want to do strictly cardio one day, I can enhance the workout with intervals. If it's storming outside and I need something quick I can do in the house, I can create circuits of push-ups, jumping jacks, squats, high knees, planks, burpies, running in place, crunches, etc.

Other benefits to this type of exercise program are that you do not need to purchase any equiptment, it is both aerobic and anaerobic, it keeps your metabolism going for days, it builds muscle without going to the gym or having to use weights, it improves stamina, you will burn more calories in a shorter period of time, and you won't get bored.

If you need help coming up with a program that works for you, please email me and I can help you get started. I promise you will enjoy this and benefit from it. Most of us have crazy busy lives and this is a great way to get a great workout in without having to devote a ton of time to it.

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