How To Burn Calories Using Interval Training In Cardio?

By Patricia | November 20, 2008
Interval Training To Burn Fat Fast

What Type Of Cardio Burns Most Calories

Whether it is running, jogging, aerobics, elliptical trainers, stair masters, or swimming, everyone has a different opinion as to which type of cardio burns the maximum calories. There is no right answer to this question. Instead, you have to figure out which of these activities is right for you.

However, if you really want to maximize the number of calories that you burn during your chosen cardio routine, there is a technique that can help you get there. It is called interval training. Interval training is regularly used by many professional sports persons, especially swimmers and sprinters, to improve their stamina and endurance. This technique can be easily adapted to any cardio routine to provide maximum calorie burn.

Interval Training In Cardio

Interval training essentially involves interspersing brief intervals of high intensity activity with more sedate, sedate low intensity periods. Take running as an example. Suppose you are running for 15 minutes. An interval training technique would involve you sprinting flat out for 1 minute, followed by a slower paced jog (or walk) for 2 minutes. Keep alternating these periods of low intensity and high intensity activity for maximum weight loss.

Another popular interval training technique is known as walk-back sprinting. Pick a pre-determined distance. Now sprint as fast as you can (at least 85 per cent to 90 per cent of your maximum exertion rate) for that distance, and then slowly walk back to the starting position. Keep this up for at least 15 minutes and watch the calories melt away.

These techniques can also be used for other cardio activities such as swimming or cycling. You can even use them on the gym on a treadmill, elliptical trainer, or stair master. There are many specialized interval training routines available online for different equipment and situations. You can even come up with your own custom made interval training routine.

Precautions.: Interval training is not easy. When you start off with your interval training program, you will sweat, pant, gasp for breath, and maybe even throw up. If you stick with it, you can be assured that you will definitely experience a drastic weight loss. Do ensure that you are using proper equipment (such as good running shoes) when performing your interval training program to help avoid any falls or injuries. You should also stop your program if you experience any sharp pain in the joints. People with pre-existing medical conditions should consult their doctor before incorporating interval training techniques into their cardio workout.

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