If you are one of the many stressed out, over-worked individuals that doesn’t have the time to travel back and forth to a gym, working out at home is a great solution. Interval training is a great way to lose weight, especially if you have hit a plateau with your weight loss. There are many interval training workouts you can do at home.
What Is Interval Training?
Interval training is the alternating of intensity during a workout. By changing up the speed of your workout, you can turn it into an interval training session. By slowing down the intensity for several minutes, you are allowing your body to go into a recovery mode, which will give it the strength and energy it needs to speed up to a sprinting pace, and alternate this every few minutes.
Here are 4 interval training workouts you can do at home:
Running is an interval workout that you can do anywhere. It can be done at home, when you are traveling for work, and on vacation. All you need is a decent pair of running shoes and you can be on your way to a satisfying workout that will deliver results. For example, you can alternate jogging and sprinting by jogging for 4 -5 minutes, and then sprinting at full speed for about 2 minutes. Repeat this sequence several times over a 30 – 60 minute period, and you have just completed an interval training session.
Biking is another interval workout easily done from home. If you don’t have access to good running trails, you also have the option of purchasing a stationary bike and working out right from your house. Interval training on the bike works the same as running – simply alternate periods of speed to get the most out of your workout. Begin with a five minute warm-up and ride at a moderate speed, then begin a fast paced standing climb or race at top speed while seated, for 1 -2 minutes. Again, alternate these speeds to achieve an interval session.
Rollerbalding can be done on any road, sidewalk or walking trail. All that is required is a pair of skates, a helmet and protective gear. Add some music on your Mp3 player, and you have your own interval training program. A great way to get the most out of your music is to play a slow or average paced song and skate to the beat, then pick a fast song and skate faster to the pace of the song. Alternate slow and fast songs to keep you in an interval mode.
Swimming can be a great form of interval training if you are lucky enough to have a pool at home – or a friendly neighbor that will allow you over to use it. The beauty of swimming, is that there are many different strokes you can choose from to change up the pace and keep the exercise interesting and stimulating