What Is Interval Training And Does It Work?

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by Healthoria.com – What is interval training, right?  It’s the new fitness buzz word you hear in every gym, but what is it?

Interval training is an exercise concept that uses short bursts of high intensity exercise immediately followed by a lower intensity. A simple example would be running on a treadmill.

A regular workout would have you walking or running on a treadmill at a steady, consistent pace for ten straight minutes.

Interval training, with the treadmill example, would have you sprint for one minute then walk for thirty seconds. You would then repeat the cycle of sprinting (high intensity) followed by walking (low intensity) until you complete the workout.

Studies have shown interval training results in greater calories burned in a shorter amount of time compared to steady, low intensity workouts.

Interval training is considered high intensity exercise, so you should always start with short workouts before trying an advanced routine.

Interval Training Definition

Training in which an athlete alternates between two activities, typically requiring different rates of speed, degrees of effort, etc.

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Interval Training Workout List

Here’s three interval training videos you can try at home. If you’ve never tried high intensity training, you’ll want to start with the shorter workout before progressing to the full 30 minute workout.

Workout #1 (11 min)

Workout #2 (16 min)

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Workout #3 (30 min)

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