Exercise Technique Article Series, 5

You can accomplish your cardio workout goal in 20 minutes per session by increasing and varying the intensity. It is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). It is the best way to burn fat in the shortest amount of time. This training method is also used to increase speed and VO2 Max.

The danger of doing cardio exercise at the same pace (like 65% of your max heart rate) and same time period is that your body adapts and conserves energy.

By doing HIIT, your body doesn't have a chance to adapt, and you burn more calories and fat in a shorter period of time. HIIT also raises your heart rate faster and keeps your metabolism elevated longer after your workout. So how does HIIT work? Here is an example:

1) Use any cardio activity like the treadmill, bike, elliptical, etc.

2) Warmup on the treadmill for 5 minutes. Exercise at 85% of your maximum heart rate for 1 minute. Then walk or jog for 1 minute to recover. Complete this cycle for 20 minutes increasing the intensity each time.

Intensity can also be increased by using an incline on the treadmill or increasing the resistance on the bike. You should vary your intervals each workout to keep your body guessing. Cool down for 5 minutes and do static stretches after your workout.

You should get medical clearance from your doctor before starting this type of exercise. If you are a beginner, you can still do interval training. Beginners can do intervals at lower intensities. All it takes is 20 minutes to exercise!

In part 6 of this series, I will detail a better way to strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles.

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Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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