The Many Benefits of Interval Training

Interval-training-2If you’re looking to rev up your exercise routine or for those of you who feel you do not have time to work-out there is a growing body of excellent scientific research showing that you can perform significantly shorter workouts at greater intensities and get better results than the usual time consuming ‘cardio’ type routines.

Called High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT for short, these intense bursts of all out exercise last for about 30 seconds; the emphasis being the “all out” bit so the rest periods of 90 seconds have to be very easy to allow recovery. An example would be 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 90 seconds of walking.

You then repeat the cycle for a total of eight repetitions. Your total time invested in a mere 20 minutes and that includes a three-minute warm up and two-minute cool down. [Read more…]