Last time we talked about how people should be aware of the excess stress and strain that running can place on your heart and skeletal joints.
So, today I am going to give you another option or alternative to long distance running.
Now, what you may want to consider is shifting your focus from ‘quantity’ of work to ‘quality’ of work.
It has been well documented that you can gain excellent cardiovascular benefits by doing something called burst training or interval training.
And how this works is after warming up, you would run as fast as you can for 30 seconds (for example) and then slow right down and walk for 30 seconds, then run again for 30 seconds.
You would repeat this cycle 4 or 5 times and then you are done! That is all you need to do.
Now of course depending on your fitness level, you could increase the number of cycles and you could also increase the time from 30 to 45 or even 60 seconds.
Or this is something you could work up to but I always recommend starting with 30 sec intervals and no more than 5 cycles to begin.
Not only do you gain superior cardiovascular conditioning from this type of training, but it is much less stressful on your heart, your skeletal joints, it is much more time efficient, it does not deplete your immune system like long distance running does ( or any form of sustained exercise ) and it turns your body into a fat burning machine for up to 36 hours afterwards!
And because your metabolic rate is ramped up for up to 36 hours afterwards, you only have to do this every other day!
Quality vs quantity !!
We will continue more on this next time, but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your family may have, please give us a call.
Remember that consultations are always free of charge and family appointments are always available because subluxations and spinal problems tend to run in families.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email us at email@example.com.
Life Chiropractic … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.