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Get Results with Interval Training

Add Fun and Variety to Your Workouts

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  • I'm writing this in April of 2017 and this article is a dozen years old. The article has been treated well by the passage of time. Recent studies show that high-intensity intervals of shorter total duration make your workout far more effective than conventional workouts lasting much longer. I love it, because I hate exercise and it gives me the benefit of shorter times spent doing it without sacrificing effectiveness.
  • ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
  • I will try walking slow, then fast, then slow, then fast and finish walking slow.
  • I absolutely LOVE interval training! It gets my heart pumping, my muscles toned, and the workouts just seem to fly by! Great article, thank you!
  • SKOLOTAJA
    I just turned 70, and am in good health and would like to keep it up. Is HIIT safe for this
    age?
  • Wow, without realizing it (and knowing I needed to do something) I added jogging into my daily walks to raise my heart rate. Gee, am I finally realizing I want to exercise, rather than I have to exercise.
  • CKTALL
    Good info that I can begin to incorporate immediately
  • At my aerobics class the instructor sometimes does what she calls interval. We do warm up, cardio for 10 minutes then pick up our weights and do 4-5 different strength exercises without restine, then back to 10 minutes of cardio, second set of strength, back to 10 minutes cardio, third set of stength, then cool down and stretch. The class lasts 60 minutes. Always feel like I've gotten a good workout.
  • Martial art and other self defense practice are natural forms of interval training, because the rule of specificity makes high intensity the right way to do it. Once you learn basic technique, like blocking, striking with the hands and feet, changing position, and so on, the exercise can be done about anywhere, and takes no special equipment.

    These movements tend to involve the entire body, and concentrate on the midsection (if they're done right). Also if they are done right they are good meditation, since focus is on relaxation and concentration. And since you are also increasing your ability to defend yourself, you get more bang for the buck, as the saying goes.

    One of the best self defense techniques is running as fast as you can, over all sorts of terrain (even in your own house), mixed with walking when you are too tired to run. This is also good interval training.
  • LNBLACKSC
    CJT 183
    how are you doing on your interval training ?
  • I love, love, love interval training! It is TOUGH, but I love it. Usually I do interval training on the elliptical, stationary bike, treadmill and with DVDs. On the elliptical, I'll push myself to the limit during the chorus part of a song and then level off during the verse of a song and if on the treadmill, I'll jog for a entire song, then rest one minute, walk at a steep incline for an entire song, then rest for one minute, then repeat.
  • SNYDERSOFVLORA
    good article. Interval training definitely helps get into better shape, BUT, where is the weight training?? That can be done in intervals as well and is an important part of any fitness program.
    To answer the question "Can Intervals be done IN THE POOL"
    YES! Basically interval training means that you vary the intensity of your workout, so swim at "sprint speed " for a short period of time until you heart rate in up, then at a slower pace while you recover, repeat this cycle just like the article recommends for running!
  • NSSREENIVASAN
    It seems to be a good work out. I too do the same. Run for 200 to 300 m and walk for 1 km and again run for 200 m and walk. This way I can maintain the energy level.

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