Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cut your workout in half


Today's Workout: 7 x 400's repeats, biking 4 miles.

Monthly Health Goal - No Eating After 8:00 pm:


Most runners enjoy the sport because you get out of it what you put into it. We know if we log those long runs, and spend some quality time at the gym, we will see results. However, there has been a lot of research recently about how shorter, higher intensity, workouts may be the key to getting and staying fit.

Prevention Magazine discussed the topic here and said,

"Researchers at the American College of Sports Medicine women who alternated just 8-seconds of high intensity cardio exercise with 12 seconds of low-intensity activity for 20 minutes, 3 days a week, slimmed down faster than steady-paced exercisers who worked out twice as long. Those that did interval training lost up to 16 pounds, shrunk their bellies by 12% and their thighs by 15%, and gained, on average, 1 1/2 pounds of metabolism-revving muscle in 4 months - without dieting."

Here are some of the sample workouts they provided:

Obviously, if you are training for a distance race, you will still have to log some serious miles, but these workouts are a great way to get (or stay) fit when you are short on time.

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