Implementing a new workout plan can be daunting, especially if you don’t know a whole lot about the fitness world. There are so many workout options, so many gym options and even more clothing options (just as important). But, as with most things in life, don’t worry….moderation is key. It’s the beginning of another year, which means a lot of people will be crushing goals and a lot of those goals have to do with fitness.
Many training programs for marathons, Tough Mudders and Iron Man races will commence but even if you aren’t one of those athletes, you can still reap the benefits of running and training. Shorter bursts of high-intensity exercise have been shown to give some of the same health benefits as long-distance running. One of the most popular forms of this workout is called “interval training,” and you can implement this style of training into your weekly workout regimen and see wonderful benefits.
You don’t need a lot or any equipment for interval training. If you are a walker, you can simply speed up and slow down your pace and there you have it. The benefits of interval training can be seen at all ages. According to the Mayo Clinic, “[interval training] is not just for the young and healthy. Researchers have found that [it] can improve health and fitness for just about everyone and has even bigger benefits for older adults.”