Want to Lose Weight? Try Interval Training Workouts

Want to Lose Weight? Try Interval Training Workouts

Does a busy schedule mean less time to exercise? We agree with John Wooden, the legendary coach of UCLA’s basketball team, who said: "Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do." What you can do is super-charge your workout by using interval training.

This quick workout technique varies the exercise intensity of the effort you put out and increases workout benefits. Try adding it to a walking program—the most do-able way to get the benefits of physical activity (a stronger heart and immune system, a younger RealAge and a happier outlook on life). The magic number is 10,000 steps a day or about 5 miles. Use interval training to achieve it!

Marc Gillinov, MD, and Steven Nissen, MD (Dr. Mike’s colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic), deliver the hows and whys of interval training in their information–packed new book, Heart 411. Here are their recommendations:

Interval training keeps every workout interesting and challenging, increases endurance and maximizes oxygen usage—all great for building muscles. You’ll also lower blood pressure, lose more weight,raise levels of HDL (healthy) cholesterol and gain a more focused brain.

Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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