For all the hype around high-intensity interval training these days, this news may come as a welcome respite if you’ve ever felt pressured to sustain such strenuous workouts on a day-to-day basis.


New research suggests that slowing down your workouts at least once or twice a week can be a boon to your fitness goals. A few ancillary benefits associated with this include reducing your appetite, encouraging the body to build lean muscle and helping you maintain a steady exercise routine. Some ‘slower’ exercises might involve strength training (especially by spending more time lowering weights than lifting them) or moderate cardio, such as swimming, jogging or using the elliptical machine.

What are some ways you vary your workouts between high and moderate intensity? Does it help you stick to a more consistent schedule?



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