High intensity interval training is popular. Many people love the idea that they can get as much out of a 20 minute high intensity workout as they can in an hour in the gym.
So what exactly can interval training do for you?
Interval training can help you to burn more calories. Regular cardio workouts see you working at a continuous intensity which helps to burn calories, whereas interval training burns calories more quickly because you are pushing yourself to your absolute limit for a short amount of time.
Short bursts of higher intensity exercise encourages your body to burn fat as fuel. A study carried out by the University of Guelph found women who carried out interval training (10 sets of intervals) burned 36% more fat during an hour of continuous training. Even when a workout is over, the post-workout calorie burn is higher for those who have been interval training than those who haven't.
The beauty of interval training is that invites the less physically active to get started on their fitness journey. Beginners can use interval training to slowly work their way up to higher intensity and longer workouts whilst advanced exercises can use interval training to improve speed, power or performance.
Research found that college-age men and women in America doubled their exercise endurance after just two weeks of interval training. It can help boost your cardiovascular strength more quickly and effectively than other types of training, if kept up to a consistent level.
You’re at risk of losing motivation if you're bored of the same workout. Interval training gives you the opportunity to try out different things each time. You can vary your workouts and make them fun, quick and instantly effective.
I tried a workout like this recently - it is REALLY difficult in the middle but it doesn't last long, and I feel the difference already.
I'm definitely a fan of interval training and agree with the final point more than any other - there's nothing more boring than the same things day in, day out.
it almost seems too good to be true - but the evidence looks good! I just need to reduce the intervals between my interval training sessions...