Interval training is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways for exercisers to increase the amount of exercise that they perform in a day. Instead of exercising at a high intensity for the entire day, the exerciser will instead break the workout up into periods of high and low intensity. For example, a jogger might spend 2 minutes sprinting and would follow this up with 5 minutes of jogging at a slower pace.
One of the great advantages of interval training is that it helps get the heart rate more elevated than what it would be if the body exercised at a lower intensity. Also, the heart rate remains elevated after the exercise session has ended. This leads to the body continuing to burn fat even after the workout.
To get the most out of interval training, exercisers should focus on their biggest muscles, such as their leg and back muscles. Focusing on larger muscles is effective because these muscles require more energy to function. By using up more energy, the body will have to draw more on fat reserves to replace the lost energy.
For interval training to be effective, the more intense parts of the exercise have to actually be challenging. If they are not challenging, the interval exercise will not work.
Interval workouts are not meant to be longer than 40 minutes, which is great for those who do not have the time to engage in longer workouts. Those who feel like they want to continue working out after 40 minutes are probably not working out at a great enough intensity.
Interval training can take a while to build up to. For this reason, exercisers will want to start off by moving between intervals that are low intensity and intervals that are medium intensity. After exercisers have gotten used to these exercises, they should begin increasing the intensity of the intervals.
Interval training for runners and cyclists is easy, machines such as treadmills and exercise bikes are ideal, since the more intense intervals simply require that the exerciser run/pedal faster. However, intense intervals for other exercises can be more difficult. For example, those using dance cardio will need to find dance moves that are harder to perform and use them when performing the more intensive exercises.
One thing that can be difficult for exercisers to succeed is the fact that they have to work to the point of being very uncomfortable. This will cause many people to give up early because there is a natural tendency for people to not want to be uncomfortable. Exercisers must resist this tendency and press forward.