One great way to get in shape and stay in shape is through interval training. This is a style of exercise that involves aspects of both cardio and strength training. Not only do these two styles of exercise work well together, they feed off each other and this means better overall results from your workout routine.
What Is Interval Training?
This style of physical training uses bursts of high intensity activity coupled with periods of low activity or a short rest. The high activity is made up of any cardio workout, such as running, bicycling or rowing, but at a maximum exertion level. This type of cardio is called anaerobic, which involves short bursts at a high intensity level for no more than 2 minutes. Once you pass two minutes, you are doing an aerobic workout.
What are the pros and cons of interval training?
PRO: Interval Training Increases Metabolism
Interval training is designed to increase the heart rate, metabolic rate and keep the body constantly working throughout a workout session. Using anaerobics is a critical part because of the high intensity movement involved. When the heart rate is increased through cardio activity, it improves the flow of blood and nutrients through the body, which are needed for strength training to receive the best results.
CON: Interval Training Is a High Impact Workout
As with any workout regimen, there are always precautions you will need to take before beginning your interval training. While the exercises can be very low impact, anaerobics can tend to be a high impact style of workout. If you are someone who has joint issues, or have been told to avoid any jarring activities on your feet, ankles, knees or hips, you will have to be very careful if starting interval training. Likewise, if you have any type of heart condition, you will need to consult your physician to make sure you know your limits.
PRO: Calories Burn Away after The Workout
Because your metabolism is increased during interval training, the body will continue to burn calories at a much higher rate even after the workout is over.
CON: The Tendacy to Overdo It
Once started on a this type of workout, it is easy to fall into overtraining. This simply means that you may begin to feel that the short yet intense bursts of activity are just not enough and you may want to push yourself further. This is something that can lead to problems down the road and cause you to injur yourself in the process. Stick with your designed plan and don't deviate from it.
PRO: You Will See Quick Results
Because of the nature of this type of workout, you should be able to notice the positive results very quickly in greater stamina, fat loss and an increased level of energy in general.
Just becuase you feel the results pretty quickly, don't think it will only take a week or two; this is something you have to stick with to get the best results over time.