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Is Interval Training The Answer To Burning More Fat?

Feb 18, 2008
Interval training is a type of workout that involves intense physical activity in short bursts followed by rest as opposed to constant and moderate physical activity. A recent study was undertaken by researchers from the University of Geulph to determine the effectiveness of interval training. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology and had some interesting conclusions. In this article, I will share them with you.

The most startling finding of the study was that 36% more fat was burned in an hour of continuous moderate cycling that was performed after interval training. Also, cardiovascular fitness was increased by 13% as well. So the answer is that yes, interval training can help you burn more fat and also improve your cardiovascular fitness. This is especially pleasing because just by mixing in interval training into your exercise program, it can help you burn more fat even during your aerobic and low intensity workout sessions.

It is very easy to design your own interval training programs with fitness equipment. For example, the women in the study above used stationary bikes for interval training. Here, the subjects alternated between 10 sets of four-minute burst of riding at 90% effort, followed by a two-minute rest.

The study measured subjects who were extremely fit down to subjects who were not fit all. The results found that it didn't matter how fit the subjects were before they underwent the study. In each case, cardiovascular fitness was improved, as well as faster fat burning capacity.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that you will start losing weight immediately. It is important to understand that interval training allows you to potentially burn more fat, but to actually lose weight you need to balance your exercise program with a healthy diet. However, when these two are combined, what you are left with is a force that will burn fat and cause you to lose weight very quickly.

It is important to consider the idea of mixing interval training into your exercise program once or twice a week. It is a workout training that is a much more intense type of workout than most, but the results are obvious -- you become more fit, increase the potential to lose weight by burning up fat, and also increase enzyme activities in your muscles, which is especially beneficial for improving your health.

If you're new to interval training, it is good to start slow and not burn yourself out on it. Also, do not feel inadequate if you cannot keep up with your interval training efforts. Make no mistake about it -- it is an intense type of training. It usually requires you to exert 90% of your effort or more in several short bursts. Start slow by only doing a few intervals during your workout, and make sure to take adequate rest in between them.

In conclusion, I have given you information about how interval training can help you burn more fat than traditional exercising. Now, all you have to do is get started on the path to burning fat.
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