As you move forward with your weight loss plan, you will probably continue to learn about different types of exercise. So you might have read or heard about interval training recently, and you’re feeling intrigued. The increased calorie burn from interval training feels alluring to anyone following a weight loss plan. And yet, interval training also sounds intimidating. You might be thinking, Isn’t it really hard? Am I capable of doing that yet?
It’s true that some of the more intense forms of exercise can intimidate those of us who are just getting started with exercise, or who need to pursue lower-impact activities due to joint problems. But the truth is, you can still incorporate a form of interval training into your exercise routine, and reap a serious calorie burn, even if you’re not quite in Iron Man-level shape.
In fact, you can revamp your regular walking routine into an interval training workout. Just follow these simple directions.
1. Start out by walking at a steady pace. You want to elevate your breathing, but you should still be able to talk easily. Do this for three minutes.
2. Now, for one minute, walk as fast as you can. If you’re working hard, breathing should be fast and it will be difficult to carry on a conversation.
3. Finally, walk at a comfortable pace that allows you to catch your breath. Do this for one minute and then go back to the first step.
Repeat this pattern for the length of your workout, whether you tend to walk for twenty minutes or an hour. If the workout starts to feel too “easy” (after a while, it will), you can increase the time that you spend on the fast walking stage. You can even start jogging during that step, if you feel up to it!
But as always, come see us for an appointment before putting yourself on a weight loss plan or exercise regimen. We can examine you for underlying medical conditions that could complicate your plans, and help guide you toward a nutritional plan that help you achieve your goals.