It’s claimed that interval training can help you burn fat and build muscle in less time, but does it work?

In the embedded video, Casey Beros talks to exercise physiologist Geoff Brockenshire about how to get the most out of interval training.

Brockenshire says that it’s important to understand exercise in general. He says that if you do the same type of exercise day to day, your body will get used to it, which is why you should vary the type and/or intensity of exercise that you’re doing to get the best benefits. You can use interval training to challenge your body and burn more calories.

Don’t let running shoes ruin your workout

WIN a R 2,000 Woolworths Voucher

Subscribe to our Free Daily All4Women Newsletter to enter

Take the pressure off

If you’ve ever tried a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout and felt like you were dying, the good news is that you don’t have to push yourself so hard to benefit from interval training.

“If you’re feeling like you’re nauseous, if you’re feeling like you’re going to collapse, it’s a little bit too much – too much intensity,” warns Brockenshire, “We’re not going for the Olympics here, we’re just trying to keep healthy.”

If the only exercise you do is walking, or you have only recently started exercising, try this 10-minute interval training walk at home routine by Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.