More Bang for Your Buck – with jam-packed schedules and limited time to workout, most of us want to get the absolute most out of our exercise sessions. To get results, you don’t necessarily have to exercise longer, but simply smarter.
So what are the best full body exercises? Research shows that interval training is one of the most effective ways to exercise, as it boosts caloric burn and overall conditioning. Integrating intervals can be as easy as jogging for 3 minutes, then running faster for 30 seconds or one minute; then repeating the cycle. Or it can be 2 minutes at level 5 on the elliptical, followed by 1 minute at level 9.
Essentially, interval training is varying intensity levels throughout your workout to allow for steady-state, maximum challenge and recovery. This method allows you to push yourself to higher levels for short bursts of time and can be more time-efficient than simply plodding along on a treadmill for one hour.
High intensity interval training, which includes methods such as Tabata (20 seconds all-out followed by 10 seconds of recovery), is a popular way to train today because it trains the body aerobically and anaerobically, adds variety and ultimately works.
Don’t misunderstand – steady-state workouts such as walking at 4 mph for 30 minutes are definitely valuable. You shouldn’t perform interval training everyday, as it is taxing. But refresh your routine by incorporating regular interval sessions and watch the difference in how you look and feel.