Interval Training workouts tone muscles and increase your metabolism in as little as 30 minutes a day—and you don’t even need to join a gym! It’s entirely possible to find (or even create!) an interval training program that fits into your busy schedule and will get you into the best shape of your life. Even better, you might actually enjoy the process since interval training is fun, fast and really effective.
Interval training involves alternating bursts of high intensity exercise with short rest periods, which pushes your body to work harder than working out at a steady pace for a longer time. A recent HuffPost article explains how adding interval training to your current workout with a blend of strength and cardio drills builds lean muscle which increases your metabolism. This means you’ll continue to burn calories throughout the day, even when you are sitting on the couch with your kids!
The Seattle Times reported, “Tabata—named for scientist Izumi Tabata, who studied the impact of high-intensity interval training on athletes claims that exercising for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for eight rounds, resting for one minute before moving on to a new exercise offers a complete workout in 25 minutes.”
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is perfect for all fitness levels, but beginners should check with their doctors. Now get sweating with these 12 fantastic interval training workouts that will change your body just in time for summer.