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Alexis Martin

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Changing it up with Interval Training!

How is the 30 minutes + of exercise going? Are you doing it? Hopefully the answer is yes, so here is a suggestion to change things up a bit. Try interval training! Don't know what that is? Well, basically, take what you are doing and increase the intensity for short periods of time, then return to your normal pace. Example: If you jog for 30 minutes at a steady pace-jog a little faster than normal for 1 minute then walk 1 minute, jog then walk, etc. You'll basically be walking 15 minutes and jogging 15 minutes, but you'll notice you'll sweat more than normal! You can also walk 1 minute, jog 1 minute, run 1 minute and repeat. As your session goes by, you may notice you are getting more tired than normal, don't stop, just increase your low interval time (walk for 2-3 minutes) then jog or run for 1 minute. The goal of interval training is to increase your ability to exert yourself for longer periods of time and recover quicker. Its great training for your heart, lungs and waist-line! You can do interval training on stationary equipment, riding a bike, walking, jogging, swimming, weight lifting, pretty much anything you do, so try it out! It also makes the time go by quicker!


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