5 Benefits Of Interval Training

by Joyce Ledet
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Sometimes your daily exercise routine can be boring.

If you are trying to get rid of boredom, take out some calories from your system and also make your exercises very exciting then you should try out Interval Training.

Since it is essential that you lose weight or change your fitness program but you don’t have spare time to add anything different to your routine the answer is High-Intensity Interval Training which is also called HIIT.

There was a time when High-Intensity Interval Training was only carried out by athletes because of the intense levels of the exercises but now everyone can do it.

If you want to get involved in HIIT, you will need to combine different types of energetic activities to fit into your normal fitness routine.

There are many good reasons why you should opt for High-Intensity Interval Training.

According to research carried out by fitness gurus,  this kind of intense interval training, will get you involved in training that interchange between high levels of work to lower or even moderate levels of work effort which aid your body metabolism.

The 5 Benefits Of Interval Training

When you include High-Intensity Interval Training to your work out regime, you will gain both psychological and physical benefits.

There is an increase in your fitness. You will notice that your stamina will improve. You can spend more time while exercising. It is a great way to get you into shape and 10 to 15 minutes of interval training is as effective as someone who jogs or visits the gym daily. According to research, involving yourself in about 2 weeks of high-intensity interval training is just as effective as 7 to 8 weeks of endurance training.

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Interval training is a great way to remove monotony and boredom from your workout regimen. This is because you participate in various kinds of exercises and different intensity for each of the exercises. It makes it more creative and your workout routine will be faster. There will be something new to look forward to in your fitness routine daily. It is quite challenging but not boring.

With these levels of intensity in your training, you burn more fat. This is because of the level of energy and dynamism brought into your fitness training. HIIT workout helps you burn calories which will make you lose weight. It also boosts the production of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in the body to more than 400% within each day of your work out. This is awesome because HGH reduces the aging process and you feel better and younger from within.

You don’t need any extra equipment. The intensity of the exercise is all you need and no need for gym equipment. Interval training doesn’t need any different skill other than the energy and effort you put into your basic workout routine. Fast feet, high knees, jumping lunges are all part of cardiovascular exercises. If you work out with equipment like dumbbells, it doesn’t aid HIIT because it only focuses on your biceps without making your heart rate faster. These exercises aid your muscles and but doesn’t help unnecessary fat.

With HIIT you don’t need to spend endless hours in the gym. Even though you spend less time exercising, you can still burn more fat and calories. Since you don’t need the gym, you can carry out your exercises anywhere you want.

Don’t Get Confused

There are some types of training that are similar to interval training and often confused for HIIT.

One of such training includes circuit training. Some people believe HIIT is the same with circuit training.

Circuit training is aimed at building strength and it also builds your muscular endurance. It is a resistance training which involves high-intensity aerobics.

You get to swap between cardio workouts and strength building. Once you are done with one set or circuit or workouts, you can begin another circuit. Each exercise is done in quick successions and the time between each circuit is short so you move to the next circuit rapidly.

There should be no rest between the exercises carried out in succession when you are circuit training while you can take a break in between the same intense exercises when you are participating in interval training.

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How To Get Started With Your Interval Training

Everyone can add interval training to their daily exercise routine.  

If you are a newbie to high-intensity interval training you will need to identify objects that can help you calculate your intervals. It can be water pipes, telephone booths or poles can be used to gauge your intervals.

Try to begin with walking fast within a particular distance before increasing your pace within another distance. As your body acquires more stamina you can increase the intensity of your interval training by taking longer walks or longer jogs.

You can go hill-climbing. Add it to your jogging walking or running routine. Hill climbing is an intense exercise and it is more difficult to climb the hill but it is easier to come down.

If there are only plains surfaces in your path when you exercise, try changing your path to where you can find a hill or higher surfaces that help your heart pump faster.

You can walk, swim, cycle or run very fast for one minute and then do the same activity at a relaxed pace for the next activity. This way you get to recover and catch your breath. Use a heart rate monitor or timer to monitor your pace.

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During your interval training, you must be able to differentiate between your workout and your recovery activities. Intense exercises are your workout and when you do the same exercises at a relaxed pace, then you are recovering.

It is advisable that you don’t carry out intense activities daily. Try to do it about 3 or 4 times a week but make sure it is consistent.

HIIT Is Not For Everyone

In conclusion, not everyone can carry out HIIT because of the vigorous workouts. If you notice that you can’t handle it or your body isn’t adjusting to it properly, then it is advisable you stop.

If you have heart challenges, if you are obese or if you have diabetes, it is not advisable you should go on with interval training.  If you have any medical challenges, speak with your doctor before you proceed.

If you opt for it, it is advisable you get a fitness trainer to help you check your fitness rate and monitor your progress.



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