Interval Training for Weight Loss

Interval training involves shorts bursts of activity with less strenuous forms of active recovery.

The advantages of interval training are that it can be done over short durations of 5 to 20 minutes and utilises both aerobic and anaerobic energy systems.

When performed as a bike interval training it has been shown to burn more fat that regular continuous exercise.

A study involving 45 overweight women who cycled three times a week over a 15 week period with a program of 8 seconds sprinting and 12 seconds of slow riding for 20 minutes lost three time as much fat as other women who exercised at a regular pace for 40 minutes.

The program of sprint, easy pace can be applied with a 20 second walk followed by a 10 second sprint and then repeated 10 - 20 times.  This pattern of activity can also be done with swimming, rowing, stair climbing or eliptical trainer.

In summary, studies have shown that shorter high intensity exercise sessions result in far greater fat loss over time than larger, low intensity sessions.  For the time poor - this is the solution!

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This information was written by Roger Moore, Physiotherapist.  Roger is available for consultation at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre Monday to Thursday.  

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