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Get Results with Interval Training

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  • these intervals seem like a wonderful way to spruce things up... I am determined to stay with it this time but to be putting my cardio off until 10:00 at night is a bummer! Maybe this will make things more fun so I WANT to do it!
  • I hike to the top of a mountain five days per week. Last week I started running up the mountain until I can't...My legs and arms burn when I do this. Thank you for explaining what that burn is;anaerobic workout.
    I've tried many different methods to get in shape/better cardiovascular condition--and this by far works the best for me and my body type. What I like too is that you can do this method with any exercise combo--machines, walking, running, swimming, or an exercise video--focusing on "easy pace" followed by "kicking up the intensity" during the video.
    It's a great way to break the boredom of ANY exercise AND reap more benefits.
    Since I just started riding the recumbant bike everyday, I ride for 30 minutes to an hour at a time (depending on what's on TV!). I breakup the ride several times (every 10 minues)with short bursts of top speed for 15 seconds. I ride at a fatburn/ aroebic level (10-12 MPH) according to my bike. I take it up to the highest level for the bursts. I usually start at 3 resistance with the last 5 minutes at a higher resistance. I know I'm pushing it right now, but I set this as my daily goal for right now.
  • Very interesting. Instead of feeling like I have to jog the entire distance (which seems impossible) I'll just do interval jogging and walk the rest until I can jog the entire distance. Thanks.
    I have done intervals before on the treadmill and it does make a difference.
  • This article was very insightful. I will try doing interval the next time I go to the gym.
  • I love this idea because I get very tired when I walk my 19min mile~ I will start slowing down throughout this walk! Thanks, Spark!!!
  • Because of my back, I can't use a reg stationary bike, so I use a recumbent bike at the gym..A couple weeks ago, I started the interval training..I do a min as fast as I possibly can, then 5 of reg speed..The first time I tried it, I did it, I didn't think I'd make it through the workout, but I did..felt exhausted, but at same time, felt great..Have noticed that each time I do it, it's getting more into my routine..I find it hard NOT to do it, rather than just do a reg ride on the bike.. I didn't realize I was actually getting alittle bored, until I tried this.. I'm glad the aritcle came when it did..
  • This was the only way & safest way for me to finish my half-marathon race in 2006. I ran 5/1 which means run for 5 minutes and walk 1 minute. I finished at 2:30 and actually felt great when I crossed the finish line. Highly recommended way of training as well to stay injury free. Will be using the same method for future runs even though I've been running awhile.
  • I totally understand because if I go to long to fast I want to quit before I get a good work out but it also seems that I am not accomplishing any thing if I don't do that faster run in between the jog
  • I fair better if I do high low intensity workouts! I mean, if I go high too long, I will quit because I can't seem to catch my breath. If I go too low then its too easy & again I quit the workout. Thanks for reaffirming my mindset!

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