I just got out of the dentist. Oh the fun! I went back to wearing my Invisalign in hopes that one stubborn lil tooth would move to where I want it. I had finished my “case” over a year ago, but still wanted some tweaking. We shall see if the “dimple” my dentist added to my aligners will actually work!
So I’ve been reading a lot lately on interval training. What is the difference between interval training and regular cardio training?
Interval training uses “cycles” of intensity more or less. There are short burst of all-out, huffing-puffing sprints mixed with slower, more restful recovery periods. The point is to get your heart rate to shoot up to it’s peak for a short while, and then to bring it back down to a more moderate intensity to recover and get your energy back for the short burst to follow.
It is said that interval training allows you to get the same benefit, or more, in shorter amounts of time. You can do 20-25 minutes of interval training and get the same benefit of doing a longer period of sustained cardio.
With interval training, you increase your anabolic threshold so that your body is exercising at such a hard rate that your blood supply cannot supply oxygen to your muscles fast enough. This will create a build up of lactic acid in the muscles which in turn, leads to less muscle loss than regular cardio and builds new muscle fibers.
Because interval training is building new muscle fibers, it will increase your body’s ability to burn fat and carbohydrates. This leads to a greater amount of calories burned post exercise, verses the amount of calories burned during the exercise.
Who doesn’t want MORE fat and calories burned in a lesser amount of workout time? I know I sure do!
Also too, you can incorporate interval training into pretty much any cardio exercise. You can do intervals on the stationary bike, elliptical, treadmill, etc.
I’ve been alternating between interval sessions and regular cardio sessions in the mornings before work. The interval sessions are a lot harder, but I enjoy getting done quicker. And let me tell you… they get you! I am always – One. Sweaty. Mess.
afternoon snack fifth small meal of the day (I follow the ‘6 small meals a day’ plan) was peanut butter-spinach roll ups! They may sound a bit gross, but they are good! They are super simple. All you need is low carb tortillas, peanut butter, and raw spinach. Try it sometime! 🙂
Question of the afternoon:
Have you tried interval training, and if so, have you noticed better results with it than doing the longer-period cardio sessions?