Every time I get up from my computer to go to the restroom, I do intervals of 20 seconds jumping jacks,10 seconds rest; 20 seconds high knees, 10 seconds rest; 20 seconds jump rope followed by 10 seconds rest. And finally, I do 20 squats or 20 wall pushups. It wakes me up and allows me to add a few extra fitness minutes into my day. It really adds up.
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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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