When the weather starts to deteriorate outside, running on the treadmill becomes the best option for runners .
Because of its calorie-burning effects, it’s no surprise that many people enjoy running . Running is by far the best form of cardiovascular fitness training to burn fat and calories because it is weight bearing and recruits a large amount of muscle . Besides, when was the last time you saw an overweight runner?
It is truly of no importance if whethere you’re a hardcore runner or not . You can still benefit tremendously from the treadmill workouts you’re soon about to discover. As you’ll see, these treadmill workouts are founded on interval training.
Interval training is a powerful method of maximizing your peak cardiovascular fitness and burning fat because it enables you to run at a higher intensity for a longer period of time since bouts of high intensity are interspersed with bouts of lower intensity. The result, you get a cardio fitness training effect and boost your metabolism for several hours after your interval workout .
This post-exercise metabolism boost is known as EPOC or “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” and can be responsible for several hundred calories exhausted while you are rest for up to several hours after your interval training workout.
What’s even cooler about intervals is that they allow you to spend less time exercising while providing more substantial fitness and fat burning improvements compared to long, tiresome cardio sessions. You can accomplish what most exercisers never come close to achieving in one hour of cardio by just doing 15-20 minutes of interval training !
So now that we’ve established the benefits of interval training, let’s have a look at some interval treadmill workouts that will save you time and give you huge fat burning and cardiovascular benefits! I can guarentee you’ll enjoy and find quite the challenge in these interval workouts compared to the traditional long, boring cardio workouts .
Each of these running workouts should begin with a light 5 minute warm-up (ie. jogging). Note as well that these interval training workouts are fairly challenging so give them a shot and see how you do.
Interval Workout #1
Work = 2 minutes @ 85%
Recovery = 1 minutes @ 65%
Repeat 4 times for a total of 12 minutes.
Interval Workout #2
Work = 1 minute @ 95%
Recovery = 1 minute @ 65%
Repeat 10 times for a total of 20 minutes
Interval Workout #3
Work = 30 seconds @ 100%
Recovery = 90 minute @ 65%
Repeat 10 times for a total of 20 minutes.