How can I include interval training in my workouts?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Research shows that interval training -- short intervals at high intensity -- produces better weight loss, larger increases in muscle mass, better spikes in metabolism and better overall improvements in cardiovascular conditioning than just spending 40 minutes on the treadmill at an easy pace.

So what should you do? Work intervals into your workouts a few times a week. For example, if you usually walk for 30 minutes each day, trying alternating two minutes at a fast pace with two minutes of rest on a few days. If you use the elliptical at the gym, try alternating a few minutes at a high pace and a few minutes of rest.

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