7 Reasons to Love Interval Training
If you've looking at any of our blog posts on exercise, you've probably noticed that we love sharing time-saving effective workouts. One of the first and most common excuses people have for skipping physical activity is not having enough time. We know everyone has a ton of things going on, especially during the holiday season. This is where interval training comes in! You can get the job done quickly and benefit from some pretty fantastic results. Here are some of the reasons why we love interval training.
1. You save time (obviously)
Interval training is one of the most time efficient workouts. Basically, you are arranging your workout so that it combines exercise and you are working harder for a shorter period of time. Interval training sessions should be around 15-30 minutes. We think everybody has 15 to 30 minutes a day for some self-love... Don't you agree?
2. It's fun!
Interval training is fun because you get to choose your favourite exercises and combine them to get it done within minutes! That's the beauty of interval training is that you can be creative, try new exercises and/or alternate different workout to keep things interesting.
3. It doesn't need to be fancy
Because there's so many options for exercises and you can choose your favourites, this type of training can be done anywhere, regardless of what equipment (or lack of) you have on hand. You can perform interval training with weights, bodyweight, or combine both methods.
4. You secrete happy hormones
Interval training has shown to result in a significantly higher secretion of endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones responsible for that happy feeling you experience after a workout. So if you're feeling down or stressed, try squeezing in a 15 minute training session. You just might find you didn't wake up on the wrong side of the bed after all.
5. You continue to burn calories at rest
Performing interval training results in something called EPOC, which stands for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, also called "afterburn". This occurs after you engage in strenuous exercise or activity and your body's rate of oxygen consumption increases for recovery. So, while your are resting after an interval training session, your body is working extremely hard to recover its' oxygen stores and as a results, you continue to burn more calories throughout your day (for about 16-24 hours after exercise).
6. You'll develop more fast-twitch muscle fibres
High intensity workouts help to develop fast-twitch muscle fibres and therefore, power during workouts. In comparison, slow-twitch muscle fibres are dominant is exercises involving endurance. This can affect your physique and how your muscles develop. Think of the physique of a marathon runner (endurance) versus a sprinter (high intensity).
7. It keeps you feeling and looking young
It's not the fountain of youth, but interval training has an anti-aging effect by slowing or even reversing the aging process. Not only does it support the health of our respiratory, cardiovascular and immune systems, interval training has a positive effect on the ability of our body's cells to generate energy, a process that normally declines with age. High-intensity interval training has also shown to boost your body's production of human growth hormone (HGH), preventing muscle loss and atrophy.
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