Looking for a way to jump start fat loss and keep your workouts interesting?
Try adding interval training to your routine. Interval training means alternating between surges of intense activity, and periods of lighter, less intense activity. Benefits include:
- Burn more calories than you would in the same amount of time doing a workout that doesn’t include intervals. Read more on the research behind interval training and fat loss.
- Improve aerobic capacity and endurance.
- Avoid boredom by adding variety and keeping your mind busy and focused on what’s coming next.
Try this sample interval workout that can be done outdoors or inside on a treadmill (all you need is a watch with a second hand if you go outside). If you’re ready for higher intensity, push yourself to run faster during the sprints, or increase the length of the workout.
|0:00||Jog or walk at a moderate pace for 2 minutes|
|2:00||Speed up and run as fast as you can for 20 seconds|
|2:20||Jog or walk at an easy pace for 40 seconds|
|3:00||Run as fast as you can for 20 seconds|
|3:20||Jog or walk|
|4:00||Continue running for 20 seconds then jogging or walking for 40 seconds until you reach 20 minutes|