Are you avoiding exercise because you think it’s too difficult or too time-consuming? Exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise, is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. You don’t have to put in hours at the gym or perform complicated aerobic workouts in order to improve your heart health and lose weight. Here’s a very simple, fairly quick exercise you can do every day to improve your circulation, boost your metabolism, and give you more energy.
Sprint intervals are a great alternative to running for extended periods of time, which can wreak havoc on your joints and feet. Athletes often use sprint interval training to help them get into shape for peak performance, and you can use the same technique to get in shape in only minutes a day.
For sprint intervals, you only need about fifteen minutes a day. To start the intervals, begin walking at a comfortable pace to warm up your body and prepare for the sprints. Walk for approximately ten minutes, the sprint for twenty seconds. After your sprint, walk again for another twenty seconds, then repeat the sprint-walk pattern 4-5 times.
Each day, try adding one or more sprint/walk intervals to your walk. By running (sprinting) as hard and as fast as you can, you force your heart to work harder, making it stronger. You also benefit from a boost in your metabolism that lasts for several hours. This can help aid in your weight loss efforts and boost your energy, too. It’s a simple activity that doesn’t require any special equipment or know-how; you just need to be able to walk and run.
Good for busy people
Fifteen minutes isn’t much in the scheme of things, so even busy people can use sprint intervals to get in great shape. You could wake up fifteen minutes early and complete this workout before work, on your lunch break, or in the afternoon. It’s not recommended to do the interval sprints right before bedtime since you could find it difficult to fall asleep afterwards.
Remember to check with your healthcare provider before engaging in any physical activity for the first time. Also, visit Simply for Life for more fitness tips and ideas.