Interval training is “hot” in fitness, especially for us ladies who are busy and struggle to find the time to work out. Quitting and giving up on any type of exercise can seem like the answer when time is the challenge. To add to the challenge is the task of figuring out what type of workout should do for your personal desires and goals.
For weight loss and weight management, the bottom line is balancing the number of calories you expend and the number of calories you consume. For losing weight, it matters little whether the calories burned during exercise come from fat or carbohydrates. You must burn calories.
Interval Training is a way to make the most of your workouts and burn the most calories.
This great way to workout breaks up the time with periods of rest and is for the exerciser who is short on time and ready to increase her workout intensity. Not only does interval training allow you to improve your fitness quickly, it is effective for burning lots of calories.
Try one of these workouts each week:
For the Advanced:
- 3 minutes at 95%–100% maximum (max) heart rate (HR) with
2 minutes at 70% heart rate; repeat 5-6 times
Total Time: 25-30 minutes
For the Intermediate:
- 30 seconds fast with
1 minute at 70% heart rate; repeat 8-12 times
Total time: 18 minutes
Interval workouts should include a warm-up and a cool-down; is best with a watch with a heart rate monitor; and a consultation with your doctor if you are new to exercise.
If you are not ready for that intensity, go for a long(45 min-1hr) walk/runs with intervals of light jogging or bike ride with intervals of higher resistance and speed increasing your work load or time by 10% a week.
Getting a program that fits your lifestyle will definitely increase your motivation. Are you discouraged and frustrated trying to figure out an eating and exercise plan for your schedule and fitness goals?
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