Tired of seemingly endless treadmill runs? Try a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout! In HIIT, you take advantage of brief bouts of very intense exercise (e.g., 20 second sprint), and then work at a lower intensity (e.g., walk for 1-2 minutes) to allow recovery. HIIT not only improves body composition, but according to a Harvard Alumni Study of 17,000 participants, it may even extend your life.
To implement this training, pick one or two exercises of your choice (running, cycling, rowing, jump roping, swimming) and begin with a 3-5 minute warm-up. Next, work at a high intensity (sprint) for 15-60 seconds, followed by low intensity recovery (walk, slow jog) for 1-2 minutes. Repeat this bout 3-10 times, and end with a 3-5 minute walk/stretch cool-down period.
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