Interval training is a great way to exercise because it helps the participants overcome some of the major difficulties of maintaining a physical fitness program. Interval training is basically repeating an activity at a determined intensity level and duration while incorporating an element of rest. For example riding on a stationary bike: pedal as hard as you can for 30 seconds, rest for 1 minute, and then repeat this cycle 8 times.
This type of training is advantageous because it isn’t boring and if you are a goal-oriented person, you get a feeling of accomplishment after each repetition. The CDC also recommends that individuals should incorporate high intensity exercise at least twice. This is a great way to boost that intensity level. You can incorporate this type of activity in the pool, on the bike or even jogging and walking.
Source: Annario, A. A. (1976). Developmental conditioning for women and men (Second ed., pp. 29-33). St. Louis, MO: The C.V. Mosby Company.
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