Looking to get fit faster? Then add interval training to your weekly workouts for impressive results!
If you don’t have an hour to work out then try this! Its recommended you have 3 x 1hr sessions of moderate exercise per week for cardiovascular benefits, but many don’t seem to fit it in.
Evidence shows that short, high intensity sprint workouts improve aerobic capacity and endurance in about half the time of traditional endurance exercise. It also burns loads more calories, builds muscle & muscle health, builds bone, improves heart health and overall fitness. (Just check out the following photo of the 2 runners, sprinter and long distance runner to see what I mean). High intensity = power and strength, speed and burns fat up to 72 hours post workout whereas constant long running burns muscle as it’s the quickest form of energy and stops burning once you stop. However it depends on your goal of what your wanting to achieve.
Research has shown 100% increase in endurance capacity (how long your legs will run for basically), anywhere between 26-51 mins! Thats amazing! Generally I find after a sprint interval session my next long intermediate paced run seems like a breeze! I feel lighter and faster. Now who wouldnt want that!
Check with your doctor first before commencing this type of training due to its intensity. Warm up before hand- fast walk, slow jog, high knees, bum kicks etc. Static stretch at the end (your stand still stretches, calves, hips, quads, hamstrings, ITB, glutes, etc).
1-3 times a week this workout can be performed, and no more than 3 times per week.
You certainly know you have worked hard after these sessions and in half the time! Good luck 🙂