Saturday, July 14, 2012
Both yesterday and today, my water classes did interval training. Are you surprised that we can integrate interval training in the pool? Imagine, if you will, trying to run really fast in a tub of watery jello. That's what it felt like to me. I could feel the difference in my workouts immediately! I worked out harder and more intensely than I normally do. I was also more tired after working out because I pushed myself just a little harder. The intervals only lasted about 5-6 minutes but it made a huge difference in my overall workouts.
During our workouts, both instructors stressed the latest medical findings that say that incorporating interval training into your workouts is more beneficial to your heart, lungs and endurance than just doing a straight workout. They also stressed that holding weights too tightly has been shown to cause a rise in your blood pressure. I knew that you aren't supposed to hold the weights too tightly, but I never knew why. I thought it was just because you might damage your hands. Since both instructors just completed their re-certification for teaching a wide variety of classes, the information that they shared was current. I felt it was all very relevant to how I want my body to function during a workout.
Today I feel tired but I have no pain. After both workouts, I did 5-10 minutes of stretching. I think that interval training is what I'd like to incorporate into many of my future workouts too!