Interval training kick-starts your body into gear

As a fitness trainer, it is my job to produce results and one excellent results-producing training method I swear by is interval training.

Interval training is simply adding short 30-second or one-minute spurts of increased intensity into your normal activity.

Take walking, for example, either outside or on a treadmill: You would walk at your usual level for 2-3 minutes, then, for 30 seconds or one minute, you would go into a brisk walk or a light jog.

Similarly, you can run for 2-3 minutes and intersperse it with one-minute sprints.

You can use this system for any activity you do -- cycling or even swimming.

Whatever level you train at, interval training will take you out of your comfort zone, and this is vital for increasing your fitness levels and getting the results you're after.

Interval training is used by athletes to get ultra-fit and mega-lean and, although it may sound very technical, it is, in fact, user- friendly and will effectively burn hundreds of calories in a shorter amount of time.

Incorporating intervals into your routines is an excellent way of shocking your body into action.

Using your muscles in the same way, day in and day out, often leads to plateau and boredom!

Here are the fantastic benefits of interval-training:

1. It increases your metabolism
Interval-training turns your muscles into 24-hour fat-burning machines since the short blasts of intense activity fire up your metabolism and break your fat barrier, burning twice the amount of calories than normal.

2. It breaks up your workout
Breaking up your usual 30-minute cardio workout into one- and two- minute intervals will make it fly by.

3. It provides variety
Variety prevents boredom, which is vital for weight loss. If your exercise sessions are less monotonous and more enjoyable, you are much more likely to exercise on a regular basis and for longer periods of time and this will increase your weight loss and fitness efforts.

This new approach is a step beyond normal fitness training and will dramatically improve your workout results.

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