With all the calories many of us consumed at Thanksgiving dinner, you may feel more like sleeping than working out. But if you want to keep that waistline from expanding with all the holiday treats this year, you're going to have to exercise. And if you want to burn those calories fast, you may want to try interval training.
It's something many athletes do to condition themselves for the big game; interval training. "Kind of a two to one. So you would go at a high intensity for a two, compared to a low intensity of one. Which means I would go hard for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, then hard 20, rest 10," said Zimney.
It's the high intensity part of the workout that really gets you in shape, and helps your heart stay healthy. "You do get significant cardiovascular benefits, metabolic benefits, glucose; as far as how your body metabolizes glucose, things like that. So there's lots of tons of benefits that you can get from it," said Physical Therapist Kory Zimney. Anyone can benefit, not just athletes. "You actually do burn, and actually reduce fat more with that high intensity," said Zimney.
Interval training can be done walking, jogging, biking or the exercise of your choice. It all burns fat the same. "Because you're doing them at a fast rate, you're still pumping your heart up whether it's on a treadmill, on a bike, swimming, any of those types of activities," said Zimney. You don't have to keep up the intervals for a long time. Normally people spend 30 to 60 minutes doing cardiovascular activities, but "With this you're looking at it's going to take you 10-15 minutes to do it," said Zimney.
Now, when you do your intervals try to make the high intensity part a 9 or 10 on scale of 10 for your personal fitness level. You can also vary the intervals, do a one to one ratio.. or a two to one ratio. And don't do interval training every day. Your body needs some time to recover from the intense workout. You really only need to do it once or twice a week.
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