Fast-track­ing your fit­ness and weight loss could be easy as adding in­ter­vals to your favourite work­out

Diabetic Living - - Slim-down Special -

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!

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