When watching tv on the bike at the gym, I keep a steady pace curing the program, then do "sprints" while the commercials are on. Some programs have the breaks evenly spaced, some make them closer together near the end. So I mix it up, but still get in the sprints.
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I made a mix of music that helps with putting intervals in my walk. I pick music that I like with the pace in mind. I start out with a couple of songs that have a beat that matches my warm up speed, then up the pace a bit until I'm at my target walking speed. For the rest of the workout, I vary the pace from song to song and by matching my pace to the beat, instant intervals! When I get tired of the selection, I just make a different mix. Works for walking, running biking etc. Enjoy!
I like to use intervals in a couple of different ways - when I'm on the treadmill I do a slow run & a fast run at 30-60-90 sec intervals. Then I do "intervals" around the house by setting my timer for 15 min - I'll work on a project, cleaning, or on the computer for 15 min. then alternate onto something else. This keeps me from sitting too long & also from feeling overwhelmed by any one thing.
I use the Japanese interval training system: Tabata. It's a beautiful piece of torture that only takes minutes to complete.
You can download apps that are free or very cheap so that you have the correct timer for it: 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest. 8 exercise periods in one Tabata It is the best way to drop weight, to build muscle and work on your aerobic and anaerobic fitness. See more at www.spirited-sports.com
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