GET FITTER FAST E R
Fast-tracking your fitness and weight loss could be easy as adding intervals to your favourite workout
Have you heard of interval training? This is where you alternate periods of lowintensity exercise (such as walking) with high-intensity exercise (like jogging). Research has shown that this type of workout burns more kilojoules in a short space of time than doing regular cardio workouts. For example, doing 15 minutes of high-intensity exercise will boost your fitness more than jogging for an hour. “The idea is to up the intensity for a short period of time (known as an interval) so your heart rate rises, then return to a regular pace (where your heart rate comes down to a moderate level) to allow you to complete an active recovery,” says DL exercise physiologist Christine Armarego. “This is repeated throughout the workout.” The upshot of interval training is it gets you fitter, faster, without pushing you so hard you risk injury. Got to love that!