Benefits of Interval Training

December 16, 2015

 

Benefits of Interval Training

 

Interval training is a type of exercise meant to burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time. If you are crunched for time or you are bored of your current workout, then give interval training a try. HIIT otherwise known as high intensity interval training is where you alternate high intensity exercises with low intensity exercises. Keep in mind this is not circuit training. Circuit training is where you move from one exercise to the next exercise with no breaks. During HIIT you recover in-between sets.

 

Interval training eliminates boredom of your current exercise program. If you keep doing the same workout day after day and you need something different then interval training is just what you need.

 

Interval training is proven to burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time and it keeps burning calories after you are done working out. Think of it as an afterburner effect, your body is in hyper mode to recover and repair the torn muscle fibers from your training. The more intense your work out is the more calories you will burn.

 

You can take your fitness to new levels with HIIT. If you are stuck in a plateau and you can’t seem to get past it, then interval training may be just what you need.

 

Interval training is perfect if you have limited time to work out, you can do a very high intense interval training in 30 minutes or less.

 

Runners are already using interval training to increase their stamina and get better times on race day. There are many different ways to incorporate interval training. You can use landmarks for example, sprint from one light pole to the next light pole, and then walk a couple of light poles. If you are on a bicycle you can do a light warm up for several minutes, then pedal at a moderate rate for 4 minutes, then recover until your breathing and heart rate returns to normal, then pedal at a slightly harder pace for 3 minutes, and then recover until your breathing and heart rate returns to normal, and keep repeating this process until you are down to a minute. Alternatively, if you have a timer you can sprint for a minute and jog for 3-5 minutes. If you have hills, you can run up the hills as hard as you can and take it easy going down the hill. The possibilities are endless as long as you get your breathing and heart rate up for a specified amount of time and then you let your heart rate and breathing recover. The amount of time it takes to recover is completely dependent on you, it may take you several minutes or it may take you 30 seconds.

 

For strength training, take 1-5 seconds rest in-between high intense sets instead of 30 seconds to a minute of rest in-between sets. This will keep your heart rate elevated which burns more calories.  

 

Remember Interval training is very demanding on your body and cardiovascular system so if you have any heart or circulation problems, then you might want to reconsider interval training. Make sure you consult with your doctor before taking on any exercise program.

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