Interval Training

If you are bored with your workout and looking to burn more calories, try interval training. It’s an intense addition to your routine, with more aerobics added as a tool to push you. Athletes have been incorporating interval workouts into their training for a long time, and now it is spreading to individual routines as well. The variety will keep you active and interested in your exercise regime.

What To Expect From Interval Training

Interval training is an intense workout, but don’t let that scare you away. You simply switch off between light activity and bursts of activity. If you are running around a track, you could simply walk the curves and run through the parts that straighten out. Some other exercises you could add for intensity are stair running, boot camp workouts, agility drills, jump rope workouts, and shuttle runs. If you don’t have a personal trainer, the structure is up to you. The added intensity is what helps you burn calories, even though it is short.

How to prepare for Interval Training

You do not need any special equipment for interval training. You can incorporate it into your established routine easily, as long as you warm up first. If your body isn’t ready for the intensity it could pose a risk to your muscles, bones, or tendons. If you usually run around the neighborhood, add in bursts of running from one house to the next. This form of interval training is called “Fartlek” by the Swedish, and simply means that the runner is determining their pace as they go. Ask your doctor before beginning interval training, but studies have shown that even people with heart disease can handle it for short periods. Still, consulting an athletic trainer, coach, or personal trainer is useful since they can help you best make a plan, and you can also go to a sports performance lab where they will test your blood lactate and exercise metabolism to help you design a useful routine.

The Advantages Of Interval Training

Those intervals of aerobic activity aren’t just making you sweat every few minutes. They are pushing your heart, getting it pumped up and fit so your body can handle longer and more intense workouts. Your muscles will thank you, too - they will be less sore and exhausted when given a chance to rest during the lighter intervals of exercise. Your overall stamina will improve and pour over into other areas of your workout. Most importantly, it helps you avoid injuries that result from overusing the same muscles over and over through repetitive workouts. When you add the variety, you do not have to worry about burning out or overtraining.

Tips for Success in Interval Training

The level of your interval training is up to you, and you can modify it as you go. You can begin with 30 seconds of aerobic activity, then stretch it out to a few minutes, etc. However long and often you want to incorporate it into your routine is up to you. You know your body, so you know when it can handle an extra push. Personal trainers can give you advice for any specific goals you may have.

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