There’s a lot of advice and opinion available on how to exercise. We’re told to do aerobic exercise and we’re told to do Cardio. Now I seem to be adding to the confusion by telling you to do Interval Training.
So who’s right?
How we exercise has to be depend on the truth about how the body works. We cannot follow an exercise system simply because it is advertised on TV or on a best seller list – or being presented by a celebrity who probably knows less than we do about exercise. If you are looking for high quality exercise bikes in India then lets find out best exercise bikes here.
Let’s start with Aerobics.
Aerobic exercise means moderate or low intensity exercise that continues or can be continued for a long time – an hour for example. Walking, long distance running, cycling or swimming are obvious examples.
Aerobic exercise has many benefits such as strengthening the muscles used in the exercise as well as many fringe benefits of exercise including reducing stress. But it leaves important needs such as flexibility, and peak performance unmet.
Both of these are important but your peak performance is crucial.
It may surprise those of us who are not athletes that peak performance is of any concern. Some of us are told to exercise by our Doctor after all! But muscles when pushed to their maximum behave different in ways that are important and valuable to us all.
A sprinter when doing the 100 yards sprint is not exercising aerobically. The muscles are working as fast as possible at their peak and are burning energy stored in the muscles and continue to burn energy faster even after the sprint.
Short high intensity exercise raises the speed at which you burn energy 24 hours a day. The effect of the short high intensity exercise is to increase the metabolic rate of the body so even when not exercising the body is burning more energy.
Needless to say this is good for weight loss.
And in case the phrase “high intensity” worries you – you can sneak up on it as slow as you like!
Or get a trainer for a few sessions.
Lots of folk get their initial boost and advice from a few sessions with a coach.
Naturally the high intensity exercise only lasts for a few seconds – typically 30 seconds and then you do a either a complete rest or better a low intensity type of exercise.
On the recumbent exercise bike you just pedal slow for 90 seconds.
The beeper sounds – or your watch if you prefer it! You need some kind of timing to do this kind of exercise.
We mentioned a sprinter as our example. A sprinter would train like this
– sprint, rest, sprint, rest.
This is called interval training and the sprint might be replaced with any high intensity exercise – like peddling fast on a bike.
This gives us extra health benefits as well as raising our metabolic rate. I’ll go over it more in other posts soon but there are powerful anti-aging benefits to high intensity exercise.