By: Rosa Coelho
The weather is finally turned and winter is quickly becoming a distant memory. If you love the summer and being outdoors then I'm sure you enjoy this time of year.
The weather however isn't the only thing to change, so is our wardrobes. As we put away the the winter coats and bring out the less reveiling summer wear, I'm sure a lot of us are a bit conscious that we can no longer hide behind our clothing.
What to do? How to lose those few pounds quickly?
I've mentioned it before....Interval Training! One of my clients has incorporated interval training twice a week in to their fitness program and sure enough the body fat has started to come off. Recently however they've mentioned how they just don't enjoy being indoors in a sweaty gym when it's so beatiful outside. That's great! Interval training outdoors can be a lot of fun, especially if you go with a friend.
Here are two things you can do:
1) In a park or a quiet road free of traffic, warm up for 5 minutes. Then run as fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should be breathing very heavy at the end of it and unable to speak more than a few words.
Next walk for 1 minute, and I mean walk! This is where most people go wrong, they think it's better to keep jogging rather than fully recovering; don't make this mistake, you want your breathing to be back to normal before starting again. Do this walk run 4 times to start and add one until you reach 8. Once you've done that then decrease your walking time by 15 seconds and increase the running time by 15 seconds.
If you'e doing this with a friend, it's fun to race during the 30 seconds and have a good chat during the walks.
2) Warm up jogging for 5 minutes. Next choose a lamp post, tree or some marker that you can sprint to. Go has fast as you can until you reach it. Then walk until you fully have your breath back. Do this until you've run for a total of 20 minutes, including with in there your 5 minute warm up and cool down.
This type of training is a great way of spicing up your regular interval training.
If you find jogging or running difficult, start of with walking very quickly.
Remember it's always a good idea to consult your GP prior to starting a new fitness program
Rosa Coelho is a Performance Coach, Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist at Dax Moy Personal Training Studios in London. Rosa specialises in applying a holistic approach to health and fitness through The POWER Principles. For a Rosa's free report 'Highly Effective Metabolism Boosters' Go to http://rocofitness.blogspot.com/ or sign up to her FREE NEWSLETTER at http://www.rocofit.com/newsletter
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