High Intensity Interval Training: What’s Out There?

Interval training, or, “high intensity interval training is an excellent way to increase your body’s capacity to burn calories. It can be added to a workout without weights fairly easily. And, for those of us who lead fairly busy lives, it can also cut your workout time by a 1/4 or even 1/2. For many who may just be getting into a regular workout routine the concept of interval training may not be fully appreciated or understood.

Interval training is where you intersperse bouts of generally aerobic exercise with your regular activity routine. For example, if you are doing a typical push pull routine with push ups and pull ups, you may add some sprinting into your session to increase your heart rate and actually burn more calories. Or, if you are running you may want to add running stairs or hill running to your typical regimen.

Rule of thumb for most is that your interval is a 1:2 time ratio with your regular exercise. So, if you are doing resistance work for 1 minute you do 30 seconds of all out cardio. Or, if you are just sprinting or putting in some rope skipping, you do 30 seconds and then rest for 1 minute.

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Interval training can boost your metabolism and help you burn calories and it can also increase your aerobic capacity which will give you more energy. Burning calories? Boosting energy? Hmmm…sounds like a recipe for a pretty cool lifestyle.

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