Interval Training is one of the best cardiovascular workouts for burning fat. When you alternate betweenhigh intensity and low intensity movement, then repeat the sequence, you burn mega calories! A bonus- this type of cardio workout keeps you from growing bored. Short periods of high intensity workouts followed by longer periods of low intensity ones burns more calories and subsequently more body fat than maintaining a steady pace or incline.
Intensity is how slow or fast you are moving. It’s easiest to describe intensity using a scale of 1-10, 1 being very, very light work and 10 being extremely challenging. Our training will consist of intensity levels ranging from 4-10. Below are examples of equipment or methods used in interval training:
Outdoor walking or running
What to Do: To get a great fat burning interval workout using one of the above methods, alternate between intensity 4 and 10. After warming up at intensity 4 for 3-5 minutes, alternate between 1 minute of intensity 4 and 1 minute of intensity 10, then repeat for the recommended number of times depending on your fitness level.
Intensity Level 4 – A brisk walk while moving your arms in the same manner as someone who is running.
Intensity Level 10 – This is a sprint putting forth 100% effort.
Beginners: Repeat the 1 minute intervals 3 times. (4, 10, 4)
Intermediate: Repeat the 1 minute intervals 5-8 times. (4, 10, 4, 10….)
Advanced: Repeat the 1 minute intervals 8-12 times. (4, 10, 4, 10, 4, 10….)
While interval workouts are great for burning fat and sculpting a slim body, the recipe for getting healthy, losing excess body fat and gaining lean muscle mass can be found by combining these three ingredients: clean eating, cardiovascular exercise and weight training. So, be sure to check out our recipes and workouts, too! Like SkinnyMs. on Facebook and Pinterest to see all of our best workouts and recipes.