Weight Loss Tip: Interval training can help you lose weight.

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Add interval training because it can help you lose weight.

Weight Loss Tip 89 - Interval training can help you lose weigh

Weight Loss Tip 89 – Interval training can help you lose weigh

Interval training is when you vary your speeds and intensity throughout your workout and involves repetitions of series of low- to high-intensity workouts that are abbreviated by rest periods that may encompass true rest or low-intensity exercise.  The rest periods allow for slight recovery and increased effort with the next series.  The high-intensity exercises are very near to anaerobic and the recovery periods involve an exercise of lower intensity.

In high school, we often did this by circuit training, but there are many what to perform interval training. It can be a running, cycling, or mixed workout.  So, you may cycle for a minute at high intensity, then cycle for 2-4 minutes at a more leisurely pace, and repeating this cycle for a certain amount of time (usually 20-30 minutes total).  You can perform intervals with just about any exercise and is only limited by your imagination.  

Research study after another has proven that interval training is the king when it comes to weight loss.  Interval training burns lots of calories.  Research in prior articles indicates that it may burn as much as 36% more additional fat, but it also builds up your oxygen capacity and improves your aerobic and anaerobic fitness.  Interval training can significantly improve your body composition in as little as 12 weeks.  Interval training also has an after effect that can leave your metabolism operating at a higher level of efficiency for hours after you’re done exercising.

The bottom line: Interval training can assist with weight loss.  

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ChuckH
I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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