Are you spending hours pounding the treadmill and not seeing results? If so, interval training could be the kick start your body needs!
Science buffs at the ACSM found that interval training can lead to a higher calorie burn for up to 24 hours after training and more calorie burn equals more weight loss! As an added bonus, you exercise for a shorter period but experience the longer fat burning effect.
Here’s how you get started:
Switch from high to low intensity at regular period during your workout. Whether you are running, swimming, cycling or walking, by switching it up, you will be using more oxygen and pushing your body harder – even after you stop exercising.
To add intervals to your workout, start with 3 minutes at moderate intensity (enough to get your heart rate up but still able to chat without panting). Then do 1 minute at a high intensity (about 80% of your maximum effort). Repeat this five times. You should be sweating and feel like you’ve had a really tough workout when you are done.