Get More Out of Your Workout
Interval training may help you get more out of your exercise routine. It’s a way to exercise by switching back and forth from short bursts of intense activity to periods of lighter activity. You can incorporate interval training into a wide range of activities, including walking, running, swimming, biking, and weight training.
For example, if you normally walk for exercise, jog for 30 seconds, then return to your normal pace for a few minutes, then jog for 30 seconds again. Or jog between landmarks like trees or mailboxes before returning to your normal pace. Determine the length and speed of the intense activity based on how you feel, or time the intervals.
Interval training helps you burn more calories and improves your heart and lung health. The harder you work when you exercise, the more benefit you’ll get, even if it’s just a little bit at a time. It also helps keep you from getting bored, making it more likely that you’ll stick with it.
When you start interval training for the first time, go slowly. Try just 1 or 2 intense bursts in your workout and ease into more later. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, check with your doctor first to make sure it’s OK.