Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Workout Wednesday: Interval Training

Happy hump day. It’s Wednesday – here’s my fitness tip for the week.

Have you tried interval training? What is it you may ask – well – simply put interval training uses short high-speed bursts of energy combined with slower, short recovery phases.

It’s the perfect way to confuse your body and train your muscles. This is an especially great workout for those who don’t have a lot of time. It can be done anywhere, at home, in the park or a hotel.

Interval training works both your aerobic and anaerobic systems. During the anaerobic phase you are starving your muscles of oxygen. Lactic acid builds in your body. The aerobic phase kicks in during your recovery period, where the oxygen is sent back into your muscles to repair and recover.

This is a great way to train your body because you will build up a tolerance to lactic acid making the next workout easier, allowing you to train longer. You will improve your cardiovascular efficiency, whereby the oxygen will move quicker to your working muscles. In the end, you will work out better, harder and stronger.

If you are a calorie counter take note studies show you will burn more calories quicker with interval training.

Always warm up before your interval training, a light jog or brisk walk. Once you start the training keep up a challenging pace. Build the number of repetitions over time.

Here are a few common interval training workouts to try:

Sprint Drills
Stair Climbing
Plyometrics (ex; burpees)
Boot Camp
Skipping (jump rope)

For more information, Shape Magazine talks about how to interval train and why. Click to find out more.

Be safe, stay healthy and have fun.

Simply Yours,

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