Interval workouts are rightfully dubbed as a great way to exercise, but this way of working out isn't the right choice for everyone.
Trying to get regular exercise can be a pretty daunting prospect, especially if you're starting from square one. There are so many ways to go about it and workouts to choose from. Do you want to fork out a monthly fee for your local gym? If not, should you start running? Maybe swimming? So much choice.
Heading online and trying to find the workout that's right for you can also be a headache. There are so many to choose from and truth be told, there isn't one that is better than the others. It depends on so many factors. Your body type, what you're trying to achieve from working out, and how much you work out already.
If you have dared to venture online, and that's probably a safe assumption since you've landed here, you have likely seen and heard a lot about interval workouts. As reported by CBC, interval workouts have been shown to be more effective than consistent cardio when it comes to losing weight. In fact, a recent study showed three ten minute interval workouts a week were more effective than the same number of regular 50-minute workouts.
As we mentioned above, however, just because interval training is the most efficient way to work out doesn't mean it's right for everyone. For starters, it is a very intense method of exercise. If you simply hop up right now and start doing it on a regular basis, you run the risk of over overtraining. That can have a negative effect on your body and even lead you to work out too little as you have to wait for longer period as your body recovers.
That intensity also makes interval training a risky choice for people who already have physical issues. Again, adopting this workout method might exacerbate your pre-existing conditions and end up doing more bad than good. If you are still unsure as to whether interval training is the right workout for you, have a chat with a personal trainer if you attend a gym, or even your doctor if you do have any pre-existing conditions.