Fartlek: funny name, serious workout
Next time you go for a run or walk, try a fartlek. In this Ask the Experts video, fitness expert Vonda Wright, MD, explains how fartleks -- Swedish-style for "speed play" intervals -- will help you get fitter, faster.
Fartlek is a Swedish word that means speed play. This method of increasing your workout intensity
alternates running at an easy pace with running at your maximum heart rate. [MUSIC PLAYING]
It may be a funny name. But doing fartlek runs is a serious workout. I'm Doctor Vonda Wright. Fartlek is a Swedish word that means speed play.
This method of increasing your workout intensity alternates running at an easy pace with running at your maximum heart rate.
Fartlek allows you to work out without getting tired, because as soon as you reach the upper limit of your maximum heart rate, you immediately
slow down to walk or jog until your heart rate recovers. For example, start with a one-mile jog
at 60% to 70% effort. When you reach this point, pick up your speed, and run faster until your heart rate
reaches 85% of your maximum. Then immediately slow down again until your heart rate returns
to 60% to 70%. Then speed up again. Keep alternating slow and fast paced
for a set period of time-- say, 20 to 30 minutes. Not a runner? Fartleks are a great way to work up from walking to running.
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