Interval Running

 

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I am a firm believer that you have to add exercise to your eating plan to lose weight and to maintain that weight loss.  Just the mental lift it gives me is enough…but to know that I am getting stronger and burning calories is great!

As I have mentioned in the past, I was and am a walker.  I walk 4 miles in about an hour.  After so long though, it wasn’t much of a challenge, my body got used to it and it wasn’t hard anymore.  There is a huge part of me that can’t believe that I would even walk 4 miles let alone be comfortable with it!

Now what to do so I don’t get to that spot where the challenge isn’t there anymore.  The research that I had found was to mix it up. I must admit, I am really not a runner.  I don’t mind running but I am not a person that can run the straight 4 miles.  I start off walking add a little run and back to walking.  That is my challenge now.   I try to run between 1 1/2 and 2 miles out of my 4.  Some days I can do more, others I may just walk.  It is my individual challenge so I can do it the way I want to.  I do really push myself though.  You can use those tired days to be lazy, I find those are the days that I need to do more.  It truly helps the energy level.

Not only can interval running help improve your cardiovascular fitness, it can also burn more calories than a continuous run. Try running at a high intensity for 30 seconds then resting for 60-90 seconds, then go for it again. Not only will you burn more calories, but you’ll be able to run faster longer.

I find that walking/running is the best exercise for me.  I add crunches and push ups to my exercise routine but cardio work is my favorite.  I like the interval workout because it gives me the most bang for my buck.

Give it a try.  See how the small changes can make a difference.

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