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Saving Time, Losing Weight: The Benefits Of Interval Training

Saving Time, Losing Weight: The Benefits Of Interval Training

Our lives are so busy, the last thing we want to do is spend countless hours on a treadmill, bike or eliptical, not to mention the 30 minutes it takes to drive to the gym and the inevitable wait time when you find out your favorite cardio machine is being used. The chunk of your day that is eaten up by the gym can seem massive and even deter you from actually going at all. Well, I may have a solution that can help you out. While I can't shorten your drive to the gym or kick that super fit triathlete off of your favorite machine, I can recommend a way to shorten the amount of time you actually have to spend doing cardio without sacrificing any of the benefits of a longer workout. The answer is interval training. Punching in the same old numbers into the machine, can get boring for both the brain and the body. The result is a longer workout with fewer results. If you are looking to cut down on pounds and time in the gym, your best bet is to vary your speed, going back and forth between an uncomfortable rate and a pace at which you can recover. On a treadmill, sprint for 30 seconds and then jog for a minute. On a stationary bike, do a high level of resistance for 1-2 minutes and then do 2-4 minutes at a lower level. These drastic fluctuations allow your heart rate to spike and recover, aiding in calorie burn and performance training. Best of all, you can achieve better results than your regular routine in just half the time.  So next time you hit the gym, mix it up with some interval training. You ma just find that it gives you a bit more room in your pants and your schedule.

AUTHOR: Christina Malizia

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