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Interval Training For Fat Loss
While exercise is a critical component of any fat loss program, you might not be exercising correctly to achieve your fat loss goals. What does this mean? It means that your particular goals will require certain kinds of exercise, performed in certain amounts, at certain times. What you're currently doing might not be right for you. For example long, boring cardio on the treadmill is quickly being replaced with the far more effective Interval Training for reaching one's fat loss goals. Interval Training consists of working hard for a short period of time (i.e. a 100-yard sprint) and then resting before performing another burst. Exercising in this way greatly increases fat loss, increases the number of calories burned, improves cardiovascular fitness, decreases workout time, adds variety to your workouts and will likely be much more fun than many other workouts you have tried.
How do you do interval training? If you're just starting out, next Monday go down to the nearest hill and get up it as fast as you can. If that means that you need to spring, great. If a brisk walk is all you can handle, that's fine, too. Just get up the hill as fast as you can. Then walk down and go home. On Wednesday, go back to the same hill, but do the same thing twice. Get up the hill as fast as you can, walk down, and repeat. On Friday, repeat the process three times. Stick with three times for a week, and then bump it up to four and so on. By the end of 6 weeks, you should begin to notice a significant difference in your physique and fitness level.
Time and time again, interval training has proven to be the fastest method for burning fat. It does not require any equipment, it shortens your workouts considerably and it is far less boring than walking on the treadmill for hours at a time. For ultimate fat loss, interval training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat, beyond what any other type of exercise can provide.
Obviously there are limitations to who should perform this type of exercise and if you are new to it, you will want to start slowly and talk with your physician before embarking on a more intense level of exercise.