If you avoid regular exercise, you probably rely on two common excuses: “I don’t have enough time” and “I don’t have enough energy for a sustained workout.” Well, according to a new study on endurance training, you can’t hide behind these justifications anymore. Scientists found remarkable, positive results in people who exercised at varying paces for even less than 20 minutes a day. If you want to lose weight, get in shape, and maximize the efficiency of your workout interval training may be for you.
Endurance training, or high-intensity interval training, involves switching between different speeds of exercising. If you’re running you might sprint for one minute and then jog lightly for the next, proceeding to alternate between various rates from there. On an exercise bike, you could switch between pedaling as fast as you can go and then cycling at a comfortable speed.
It may feel like cheating to repeatedly slow down, but your muscles don’t think so. Researchers found that endurance training increases the chemicals in your muscles, thus making them stronger. The cool down periods may even allow your muscles to develop better and improve your overall physical performance.
Of course, for this regimen to be helpful you’re going to have to really push yourself during the high-intensity moments. Alternating between a jog and a walk will not achieve the necessary muscle burn, so make sure you’re breaking a serious sweat.
Apparently, a successful workout is easier and less time-consuming than you previously believed – so hop on that treadmill and get moving.