Interval Training loves our Heart
Meeting a person and discovering that running is a common passion. Few more minutes and the interval training is already a discussion topic. If you are a person who loves cardio activities, training at intervals it might be something you are already used to. If not, well…. you probably experience every day a similar activity while you are busy at work or at home. So, let’s learn something more on the reason why it is important. Enjoy your reading.
Interval training is an extremely effective form of cardiovascular exercise that has been gaining popularity. It incorporates sessions of short intense bursts such as sprinting which is called the “work cycle”. This is followed by an interval of lower intensity exercise such as walking. This is called the “rest cycle.”
More and more research of late has surprisingly shown the effectiveness of interval training for people with heart disease. The results of the related research also shows the tremendous benefit of interval training for healthy individuals.
Quite a number of initial studies in patients with coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure have shown that the effectiveness of a high intensity training regime may be greater compared with traditional endurance training methods. Endurance training is any form of cardio training such as jogging or swimming that is done at a constant pace. High intensity aerobic interval training is now being recommended for several disease populations as quoted in the American Journal of Physiology
. Aerobic interval training involves having participants exercise briefly at higher exercise intensities (90%–95% of maximum oxygen consumption) followed by a period of recovery
Although the net effect of interval training is aerobic, this style of training involves periodic excursions of exercise intensity into “anaerobic” metabolism and appears to better stimulate whole-body cardio-respiratory improvements as well as cellular signaling involved in metabolism and energy flux”.
A study published in the prestigious American Journal of Cardiology
looked at the effectiveness of interval training for the rehabilitation of patients with coronary artery disease. The researchers concluded that interval training provided an effective means to improve the cardiovascular fitness and health of patients with coronary artery disease. They also further elaborated that interval training improved anaerobic tolerance to a greater extent than the traditional exercise training model without increasing the risk to the patient. The researches ended with a recommendation for the implementation of interval training for highly functional patients with coronary artery disease.
Researchers of the study concluded that exercise intensity was important for improving aerobic capacity and quality of life in patients with heart failure after having a heart attack. The same benefit would also be derived by healthy individuals. The researchers further elaborated that their findings will have important implications for exercise training in heart failure rehabilitation programs.
Interval training had the ability to increase the heart’s pumping ability and even additional mitochondrial activity in muscle. These benefits should motivate healthy individuals to incorporate interval training as an essential exercise for fitness and health. Interval training is an essential tool for correct weight loss, fitness and health.