Dear Fellow Business
Time, time, time, or the lack thereof, is the bane of the business
traveler's existence. You can save time and still get a great cardio
workout through interval training. Intervals allow you to burn more
calories by increasing the overall intensity of your workout. In this
month's newsletter, we outline several interval routines that will help
you blast calories in just 30 minutes. Print them out and take them
with you on your next trip!
As always, there's plenty
of new activity in the Travel Fitness
Blog, including Travel Fit Tips and news releases from your
favorite hotels and airlines.
To Your Health,
Customer Service, Healthy Travel
Network and Chief
All cardiovascular exercise
helps elevate your metabolism, allowing you to burn more
throughout the day (another great reason to exercise in the morning).
Interval training not only boosts your cardiovascular system and
metabolism, but provides an extra kick by allowing you to burn more calories during the same
time period than you would doing "steady state" cardio.
Below, we outline two 30-minute interval routines--one for beginners
and one for
more advanced folks. Remember
to check with your physician before beginning any exercise program, and
remember to listen to your body. If you feel faint or dizzy, STOP
Each routine can be done on your favorite cardio machine: walking or
running on the treadmill, biking, or on the elliptical or cross trainer
machine. To increase your calorie burn even more, take your walking or
The key to interval training is to push yourself during the intervals,
but also to make sure you complete each interval. If you can't
complete the intervals at a certain intensity level, drop it down a
notch so that you can get through the routine.
Because everyone is at a slightly different fitness level and because
the equipment at each hotel will vary, we describe the intensity level
of the intervals in terms of
Rate of Perceived Exertion, or RPE.
Developed by Swedish physiologist, Dr. Gunnar Borg, the scale provides
a subjective measure of how hard you are working. You
can learn more about RPE on About.com's sports medicine site.