If you have been working diligently at the gym this winter with little to no improvement, it is time to look more closely at interval training and its benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, Interval training is when one alternates bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. Personal trainers and doctors agree that interval training is good for your heart and your physical fitness. Trainers argue that you can burn more calories in less time with this type of workout. What is the best way to do interval training?
On cardio equipment at the gym, like the elliptical, treadmill, or stationary bike, there is an option to do an interval workout. It is similar to a regular workout, except you will feel an increased intensity at varying intervals throughout the workout. This provides a different workout than your body is used to so it challenges your muscles. If you are a runner, you may choose to rotate walking, sprinting and jogging. Not only will this break up the monotony of your workout, but it will most likely lead to less injury and pressure on your joints.
A recent trend has been High Intensity Interval Training (called HIT classes at many gyms). These classes mainly focus on strength training with short bursts of cardio mixed in. The idea behind these classes is that you will keep your heart rate up and increase your calorie burn by having very little rest during the workout. Many of these classes are 30-45 minutes long so they are great for a busy person. They can also be effective at sculpting a lean physique without spending hours at the gym.
There are many options to try when it comes to interval training, so choose one that fits your lifestyle and you will soon be on your way to a more fit lifestyle.