Interval Training workout plans
August 4, 2023
August 4, 2023
Have you found yourself pounding the treadmill for what seems like an hour, only to check your watch to find it’s only been 10 minutes?
At HealthifyMe, it’s Interval Training Week where we hope to make your exercise regimen more interesting. By mixing up your workouts, and alternating high intensities with bouts of recovery, you’ll also burn more calories as well. If you’re at an advanced level of exercise already, then a high intensity interval training workout can help take things up a notch.
How interval training workout plans help:
Aerobic or fitness interval training, is great for exercise beginners as it offers a comfortable way to push out of the comfort zone.
It involves alternating moderate-to-high intensity exercise (like brisk running, cycling, elliptical) with a recovery period (walking). Once you choose the length of your workout (10-20 minutes ideal for beginners, 30 for those who regularly exercise), you can create any work/recovery ratio you like. For instance, an interval training running programme can alternate 1-2 minutes hard with 5 or more minutes easy. As you progress, make your work intervals longer (like 10 minutes) and recovery shorter (2 minutes). Always remember to warm-up and cool down.
This is a more intense, challenging form of workout not recommended for beginners. Choose a cardio activity, either machine or activity, and length of workout (20-30 minutes recommended). The ratio of work to recovery suggested by experts is 1:2 since this is a hard workout. You could, for instance, sprint for 30 seconds and walk for one minute. Again, make sure you warm up and cool down, and do it no more than one or two times a week.
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