We all like to stay in shape. It’s a great way to make sure that we’re looking great and also maintaining a healthy heart! As you know, jogging is a great way to build cardiovascular health, but you might be getting tired of the same old routine. If you trade in jogging for interval running, you can burn more fat and still build cardiovascular strength!
Interval running consists of short bursts of sprinting or running followed by longer periods of slower jogging or walking. When you’re consistently going at one slower paced speed, your body uses energy to distribute oxygen, but eventually, after an extended period of time, your body adjusts, using less energy, which means, over time, you’re burning fewer calories. Pumping up your speed or intensity will get your heart beating faster as it tries to supply oxygen to your muscles. Your body will have to use more energy to push oxygen to your muscles; therefore, your body will burn more calories in less time than it will take you to burn the same amount of calories doing normal cardio. Spiking your heart rate throughout your workout will prevent your body from adjusting to either intensity, which will help you burn more calories overall.
If you’re interested in trying an interval running workout, we have some options you might like! First you need to rate your intensity levels from 1 to 10; 1 should mean you’re at rest with no exertion and 10 should mean your highest level of exertion, that place where you can’t catch your breath. Just to loosen your muscles, warm up for 5 minutes either walking or maintaining a light jog, and then run at an 8 intensity for 60 seconds. Follow that with a walk or jog at an intensity level of 3 for 2 minutes. Repeat this 5 times and then walk for 5 minutes to cool down. This workout will have sweat pouring off you.
If you want to work on your cardiovascular strength and build more endurance, try this one: Warm up walking/jogging for 5 minutes, and then jog for 3 minutes at an intensity of 6 or 7. Follow your walk/jog with 2 minutes of walking at a 3/4 level of intensity. Repeat this 4 times, and then follow it up with 5 minutes of walking to cool down.
These workouts should give you great results, but if you aren’t accustomed to high-intensity workouts, please remember to take it easy. The time for high exertion and low exertion can be adjusted based on your fitness level. If you’ve mastered these workouts, there are many other interval workouts available.
Wearing the correct performance underwear can also make your interval running set more comfortable. The Malebasics Base Layer Performance Sport 9 Inches Boxer Brief cuts off right above your knee, giving you maximum coverage and support. This boxer contours to your body and wicks sweat away as you run your little heart out. If you’re looking for mid thigh boxer brief cut, the Tani Activemode Boxer Brief is a great choice. This boxer is made from a Japanese fiber that wicks moisture away, absorbs odor-causing substances and neutralizes the smell, so you’ll smell great while you break a sweat. The Sheath boxer brief will supply extra support to wear you need it most. The inner pocket will hold your boys away from your leg, keeping you cooler and chaff-free. This pouch will also keep you from moving around too much and fully supported while you run.
Do you think you’ll occasionally trade in your jogging routine for interval running? How do you burn the most fat while you workout? Let us know in the comments below or send us a tweet at @underwearexpert.
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