Interval training defined as alternating bursts of high intensity activity followed by intervals of lighter activity can have amazing effects on your health and physique. Here’s what it can do for you:
#1 Burn more calories in less time.
#2 increases your basal metabolic rate (the rate you burn calories at rest) so you will be a fat burring machine for the next 24 hours after an interval session.
#3 Strengthens your heart and cardiovascular system.
#4 You can do interval training using any exercise modality that elevates your heart rate. For example; power walking, biking, jumping rope or swimming.
Give these two workouts a go:
10 x 1 min. @ PE 8.5-8.8 each followed by 1 min. recovery
5 x 2 min. @ PE 8.5-8.8 each followed by 2 min. recovery
1) PE stands for perceived exertion. This is a scale from 1-10 with 1 being lying on the couch and 10 being an all out effort. This is your perception of exercise intensity during your interval.
2) This can be done with ay type of exercise that gets your heart rate up.
Let me know how it goes!
Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach, presenter and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.com