A Simple Way to Start Interval Training

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Interval training has become a hot topic in the fitness and weight loss worlds, and for good reason. This type of exercise can torch a serious amount of calories, and that seems pretty attractive to those of us who want to lose weight. But, you might associate interval training with fitness competitions, and you worry you’re not really ready for that level of strenuous activity. It is true that pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone could be dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give interval training a try.

You can actually work interval training into a walking regimen. This is a great choice for those who experience joint pain, and can’t devote themselves to more difficult types of exercise. Or, if you’re just getting started with an exercise routine, it can be safer to combine interval training with walking until you feel more confident.

Just follow these three steps on your next walk, and you’ll be on your way to a more challenging (and rewarding) workout.

  1. Walk at a steady pace for three minutes. Your heart rate should be elevated, but not uncomfortably so. During this phase you can still carry on a conversation.
  2. Now walk as fast as you can for one minute. Breathing will become more labored, and you probably won’t feel like talking through this part of your workout.
  3. Slow down for one minute and catch your breath. Then return to Step One.

That’s all there is to it! Repeat those three steps for the duration of your workout, and you’ve just begun interval training.

At some point, the above routine will feel too easy (which is a good sign). At that point, you can increase the length of Step Two, and challenge yourself further. Some people even use this plan to start jogging.

Of course, we recommend that you come see us before starting an exercise regimen, so we can screen you for health problems that might complicate your plans. We can also discuss your weight loss goals, and make recommendations for a healthy weight-loss diet.

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