From the Wellness Team: Wellness Wednesday Trainer Tip – Interval Training

Interval training for cardiovascular fitness

When it comes to exercise, you may wonder what is better for your heart: slow and steady or fast and furious? Interval training provides a combination of both and has great benefits for heart health!

Interval training involves alternating short bursts of higher-intensity effort with longer bouts of lower-intensity activity. It allows your heart to alternate between working hard and recovering. For example: run for 15 seconds, walk/rest for 45 seconds.

The benefits of performing this work-and-recovery pattern multiple times during a workout include:
1) Improving cardiorespiratory fitness through increased strength and efficiency of heart and lungs
2) Promoting fat loss while preserving lean muscle
3) Shortening the length of workouts by producing the same output in a shorter amount of time