Do you want to burn more fat and calories and tone your body? Well, that’s what interval training can do for you! Interval training, can be done by beginner to advanced exercisers, and guess what? it’s a fun and interesting way to workout! The good thing is these workouts can be done in as little as 15 minutes for beginners, or longer for more advanced exercisers.
Here’s how it works: First, no workout should be done without warming up the body and the muscles to increase the “heat” to prepare your body for a more intense workout. Then, you would do an exercise at an increased speed or pace, and then rest for a specific amount of time so that your body can recover to complete the next interval. Think of it as riding your bike up and down hills, it’s harder to ride up the hill for a bit, but then you get that nice break of riding down it! ahhhh relief! For example, a beginner might do 30 seconds of full body squats, followed by 90 seconds of rest, completing about 6-8 sets in total. For more advanced exercisers, bump it up a notch to 30 seconds work time, to 60 seconds rest time, increasing either the work time, and/or decreasing the rest time.
Here is a sample interval training workout: Equipment, (just you and a jump rope) Begin by warming up at least 5 minutes, (light jogging, walking in place) then start jumping slowly for about 30 seconds, increasing your speed gradually. Follow this by resting until you recover (could be 30 seconds to 1-2 minutes depending on your fitness level. You would want to do this in sets. Slowly, over the next few weeks, increase the time that you jump rope, or the amount of sets you do. In no time, you’ll be jumping rope like a pro continuously for 10 minutes! Good for you!!

Milissa Rizzio

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