Interval training is one of the more effective methods of exercise designed to boost metabolism and burn fat. It also improves cardiovascular endurance. Used primarily for athletes to improve their speed and endurance, interval training has been adopted by individuals wishing to intensify and vary their aerobic workout routines.
This method of exercise consists of a high intensity performance set of maximum effort (sprint interval) followed by a set of low intensity exercise for recovery (rest interval). The sets are then repeated. For example, someone who enjoys jogging may run at full pace, pushing themselves for 30 seconds. During the rest interval, that same person may then slow their pace to a more comfortable jog for 5 minutes. The pattern is then repeated for a 30 minute exercise session. Beginners to interval training should start with short sprint intervals and longer rest intervals.
By increasing metabolism and reducing fat, one can achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Reduced body fat helps to alleviate pressure on the spine and discs along with many other health benefits. However, people who have not been involved in a regular exercise program, those with heart disease and other at-risk conditions should discuss with their healthcare team whether high intensity training is advisable for them.