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Push It, Your Pace That Is: The Importance of Interval Training

March to the beat of your own drummer, but once a week you need to make sure that beat varies in tempo. Are those directions too indirect for you? Here's a more direct approach - you really should be adding interval training to your cardio routine at least once a week. You do have a routine right? OK, snarky questions aside, interval training basically means alternating between working at a moderate and fast pace, with some rest or recovery periods added to the mix as well.

Interval training dramatically improves your cardiovascular fitness while also increasing your body’s potential to burn fat. Now, I call that a win/win situation. Although the technique is not new, athletes have been using it for years to increase their performance; it is gaining popularity with the masses. Plus, using interval training can improve your endurance in just 2 weeks!

While there is no one ratio for the variation between different paces, it is recommended that your high intensity segments should get you out of breath and last for between 1 and 4 minutes. While the recovery periods should not last long enough for your pulse to return to your resting heart rate. Also, interval training is not for everyone. Folks with joint issues like arthritis, heart disease or high blood pressure should definitely consult with their primary care physician before starting an interval training program. Also, don't skimp on the recovery period.

Looking for an interval running workout? Here's one for you to try: Interval training.

Or maybe you prefer the StairMaster? Then you should try this StairMaster interval training workout.

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almostloli almostloli 8 years
without knowing the good of it before, i've been doing it :D
krisua krisua 8 years
Good to know, I must try it.
krisua krisua 8 years
Good to know, I must try it.
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