Thursday, June 25, 2009

High-Intensity Training

This story by the N.Y. Times raises some intriguing thoughts:

"What researchers have been looking at recently is whether humans ... can increase endurance with only a few minutes of strenuous exercise, instead of hours? Could it be that most of us are spending more time than we need to trying to get fit?"

Does high-intensity training for short bursts of time give you the same fitness level as the longer, slower slogs that we all do?

Note that running wasn't studied - cycling was the main activity - so the pounding impact may not work well for this. The article points out that you have get out of your comfort level -- and I'm still feeling the pain from a speed workout a couple of days ago, so I wonder about this part.

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