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Posted: 01 Jun 2009, 10:26
8 Tips for Effective Interval Walking

You don't have to be a professional athlete to reap the benefits of interval training, in which you alternate between bursts of intensive effort and slower recovery periods. In fact, by doing interval walking for a mere 20 minutes every other day, you can shift your metabolism into high gear so that you burn more calories and fat in less time than if you were working out at a steady pace.

And there's a bonus: With interval training, the higher the intensity of the exercise, the longer the afterburn; that is, you will continue to burn more fat and calories even while at rest! Below are eight tips to help you get the most out of your interval-training session:

1.Wear shoes that will give you proper support: walking shoes, cross-training shoes, or running shoes. And choose synthetic athletic socks over cotton ones because they wick away moisture and keep your feet dry and blister-free.

2.Begin each session with a short walk at a slow or moderate pace. This allows your muscles to warm up before you start doing your intervals.

3.Be mindful of maintaining good posture while you're walking. Hold your abdominal muscles in tight. Keep your chest lifted and your chin parallel to the ground (leading with your chin while walking can result in neck and back pain).

4.With each step, strike the ground from heel to toe and feel your buttocks (glutes) contract. This will help strengthen your buttocks and the backs of your legs as you walk.

5.Wear a watch or carry a stopwatch to keep track of time so that you can complete the designated number of intervals per session in about 20 minutes.

6.Remember that doing a little is better than nothing. Do what you can at first, and then gradually increase your periods of intensity and total distance.

7.Once you've mastered interval training and enjoyed the results, you may be tempted to push yourself to do even more. Resist the impulse to do so, as your body needs to rest and recover on alternate days of the week.

8.On the days that you're not doing higher intensity interval training, be sure to take a recreational walk for 15 to 20 minutes.
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Posted: 01 Jun 2009, 10:55
I'm so glad you posted this! I've been doing intervals for about a week now on my treadmill. I walk for 2 minutes and run for 1 minute. I repeat this for 30 min. with a 5 min warmup and cooldown included. Glad to know someone else is doing the same! The tips help a lot and I will be sure to incorporate those. Hopefully we'll see great results!

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Posted: 01 Jun 2009, 12:25
A great free download to your MP3 player or IPOD :

for a interval workout on the treadmill.
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Posted: 01 Jun 2009, 12:40
thank you
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Posted: 01 Jun 2009, 20:04
Heeeeeey! I didn't ever know that this was a specific type of exercise even though its what I do! I just thought it was what you did if you didn't yet have the endurance to run the whole time. That's cool to know. Thanks for the tips!

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