Before beginning any strenuous exercise program, you must consult with your physician. The Fitness Connection disclaims any liability, personal or professional, resulting from the misapplication of any of the exercises described in the following workout. If at any time you feel shortness of breath, chest pain or significant discomfort, stop and consult your doctor. Start slowly and use common sense when exercising.
INTERVAL TRAINING WORKOUT
If you've been exercising regularly but have hit a plateau and not lost any weight recently, you may need to try Interval Training. Interval Training improves your aerobic capacity and burns more calories than traditional one-intensity cardio workouts. If you consistently workout at the same level during your cardio workout, your body adapts and you find yourself on a plateau. Quite simply, Interval Training means varying the intensity within a workout. You add short bouts of intensity (referred to as an interval) that you could not sustain for the whole workout. You alternate high intensity intervals with low intensity recovery periods.
You can start by adding 2 or 3 intervals to one or two of your regular weekly cardio workouts and gradually increase the number of intervals per workout. During your high or speed intervals, listen to your body. You want to increase your breathing and perspiration, but not to the point of injury. The key is to go past your comfort zone, pushing yourself a little farther each time. Interval Training can be done on any cardio machine or outside (running, biking, swimming, etc.) although the below workout uses the treadmill.
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