Recently I have been including interval training into my workouts. My cardio workouts consist of what is considered “traditional cardio.” I run and use the cardio machines at the gym (treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bike) but since I’ve been learning more about the benefits of interval training, I figured I’d try a sample routine and all I can say is wow! Yesterday my workout included squats, push-ups, lunges, jumping jacks, and mountain climbers. All done one right after the other with little rest in between for 3 sets.
If you are stuck in a rut with traditional cardio, there are some excellent reasons why you may want to consider interval training.
Reasons to Incorporate Intervals
- The Mighty Fat Burner – Fat burning is one of the biggest benefits of interval training. Your body burns fat long after the workout is over.
- Metabolism Booster – By building lean muscle using intervals, your metabolism gets a major boost because your muscles continue to burn calories even while you are at rest.
- Time Saver – Intervals don’t require a lot of your time. A good interval training session only requires 30 to 45 minutes or so of your time. You can perform them every day or at least 3 times per week.
- Build Strength – Many interval exercises require nothing more than your own body weight. As you become better, you are also becoming stronger. Imagine finally being able to do push-ups or pull-ups or increasing the amount you can already do.
- Kiss Boredom Goodbye – Interval training means never becoming bored with the typical exercises you usually do. There are so many great interval routines available, you will find exercising fun and challenging.
I plan on cutting back my running to 3 days per week and increasing my interval workouts. It will be interesting to see the changes it will bring.