You only have so little personal moments in a day. When you think about it, it only makes sense for you to adapt routines that maximize your time, especially when it comes to exercising. What’s interval training going to do for you? Will this routine fit into your fitness lifestyle?
Interval training is essentially having short bursts about 30 seconds each of intense workouts with lengthier intervals (of between three to four minutes) of decreased activity. An example of this is walking for a length of time, and then adding short bursts of jogging in your routine. It is a type of exercise routine that is especially great for busybodies who want high-impact results achieved in a quicker timeframe.
Interval training workouts you can do
There is often no need for costly and complicated gym equipment to do interval training. There are various interval training exercises that only require effort from your body, which you could include in your workouts depending on your fitness and skill levels.
- Cardio-Focused Interval Training
All you have to do for a simple cardio interval training workout is to warm up for 15 minutes. You could bike or even row for 3 full minutes at between 90-95% of your maximum heart rate. You could also do running if you do not have access to the gym or other types of cardio equipment. Active rest should take about 3 minutes, making sure to repeat the three-on-three cycle three to four more times. It is also a must to cool down for 10 minutes.
Boost your metabolism and work those shoulders and biceps using your body weight. Start by standing with both feet shoulder-width apart, and then gently get into a squatting position while your palms are facing the floor on your front. Then do a kick on the side, like you are executing a side burpee. Return to your center position, stand up, and then do it on the other side.
- Burpee Box Jump
Work your core and glutes with this explosive, high-intensity exercise. Rooted in cross-fit, this move involves standing behind a box and squat, and then putting your palms shoulder-width apart on the ground, facing your feet forward. Then, jump both feet back into a full plank pose, before quickly jumping both feet forward proximate to your hands. Jump onto the box from a squatting stance, jump back down, and then do about 14 more repetitions.
There are three top reasons as to why high-intensity training is effective. First, the high-intensity workouts done with low-intensity recovery periods trains your body to burn more calories faster and it improves cardiovascular health. Second, there are no strict rules. Knowing the various high-intensity activities and rest periods that positively or negatively impact your workouts will help you modify your routine accordingly. This also means that third, you will not get bored easily, because you can combine exercises and mix it up for varying lengths of time.
Coupled with a healthy diet and a can-do attitude, interval training will help you Level up on your aerobic capacity, lose weight, and develop strength as well as endurance. Before you start any kind of exercise or diet routine, make sure that you check with your physician first. Start at a comfortable pace without pushing yourself too hard, so that you do not get burnt out. Be consistent so you could achieve great and lasting results. Book a class at Epic Interval Training, get in shape, and live a healthier life.