For Heart Health, Sprints Match Endurance Training
Posted Aug 14 2008 10:02am
Add sprints to your workout to give it a boost or sneak in a sprint workout when you’re short on time. The American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, released a study that states sprinting is as beneficial for heart health as longer moderate speed workouts. High-intensity workouts provide the same benefits as workouts of moderate intensity performed for a longer time.
Sounds like a winning lottery ticket to those who don’t like to sweat for longer than thirty minutes. Sprint interval training is running at full speed and involves short bursts of energy that can benefit the heart and they can be a lot more fun, compared to just running at the same pace on the treadmill for thirty minutes.
To get in the motion, start on a 400 meter running track and sprint for 100 meters, then rest for one minute, and sprint 100 meters again, do this four times around a 400 meter track. You will have run a mile but it will have felt more amusing, and your arteries will loosen up and you will be improving the function of your heart.
You could even do this in your neighborhood, and sprint from stop sign to stop sign, with breaks of thirty seconds in-between.
To run three miles on a track you will have to run 12 times around the track, but sprint intervals make the loops more fun.
If biking is more your thing, then start with six sets of thirty second sprints, and bike slowly in-between interval sessions and do this three times a week.
Intense sprinting will also reduce your body fat and builds endurance. If it seems really difficult to run a full mile without stopping, then you should start with some sprinting workouts to build the strength of your muscles and heart. Your cardiovascular system will strengthen from these bursts of high intensity sprints.
More about Interval training:
Interval training can also be done on the treadmill, on a track, on a bike, or on a punching bag or from kickboxing . Interval training can be used for rehabilitation for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, peripheral artery disease and cardiovascular disease.
Sprinkle some sprints into your next workout. You’ll get the Healthalicious benefits and some fun too!