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Interval Training

If you are new to working out, then you may not have heard the term "interval Training," but if you are interested in losing weight and getting fit, listen up!

Interval training is a method of exercise where you alternate between short periods of high intensity and moderate intensity, for example, you would run as fast as you can for 5 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run for 5 minutes, then walk for 3 minutes and so on.

The goal of interval training is to push our body past its comfort threshold for a short period and then resume at your normal conditioning level, which will improve your performance in all facets of endurance, speed and strength.

Interval training is a great way to boost your metabolism and get your heart rate up, and because you allow yourself periods of "rest" it is great for both beginners and people who are wanting to improve their cardiovascular abilities.

Interval training is also a great choice for those who get bored easily, or don't want to work out in a gym, necessarily. You can do interval training anywhere, outside, in a gym or even on a playground, so it is easily accessible for everyone, no matter their age or activity level.

You can use your heart rate to determine how hard you should push yourself at for your high intensity period as it is easy to measure, and most machines (treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, rowing machines) offer a heart rate monitor. If you are comfortable jogging at 6 mph, for example, and your heart rate is at 70%, then after warming up at 6 mph, you could increase your speed to 7 mph which would be 90% of your maximum heart rate, and then you could go back down to 6 mph for your lower intensity minutes.

By interval training, you will start to see improvements in your endurance and cardio ability within just a few weeks. It is important not to let yourself plateau (where you are no longer losing weight from your workout) so changing up your routine and challenging yourself is key to continued weight loss.

If you start training at 6 mph and 7 mph, for example, you could increase your time to 7 mph for your low intensity minutes, and 8 mph for your high intensity minutes, and so on. If you are finding an entire minute tough, you can also increase by half minutes every 3-4 weeks.

The advantages to interval training are vast-you will increase your fitness performance, your energy levels and your metabolism, and you will also improve your recovery time.

Interval training can be intense, so make sure to drink a lot of water during and after your workout to stay hydrated.


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