Do you keep a constant pace when you exercise? Or do you prefer to intersperse power bursts with recovery phases?
Whether you like to walk, run, jog, or row, you can introduce a simple version of interval training to your exercise routine.
You don’t need to bother with complicated timings and stopwatches for this basic version. Simply follow the steps to create a playlist that does the work for you, so you can do as Jim Steinman says and
let the drummer tell your heart [rate] what to do.
Organize Your Fitness: How To Create A Super-Simple Interval Training Playlist
Step 1: Decide how long your workout session will be
If you’re a newbie, you might like to begin with 20 minutes. For veterans, 60 minutes might suit.
Choose a duration that feels challenging but doable.
Step 2: Start a new playlist
Open iTunes or your music library and create a new playlist. Name it Interval 1 if you have no better naming protocol.
Step 3: Choose your tunes
- First, choose an easy-paced tune to warm you up.
- Next, decide on a slow, relaxing track for your cool-down phase.
- Last, divide the remaining session time between fast-paced, high-energy tracks, and medium-paced tunes that let you take it down a notch. Alternate these tracks on your playlist. Ideally, start and end this working time with high-energy tracks.
To keep track of your playlist length, click the playlist name and the total time – along with number of songs and file size – will display in the grey bar at the bottom. You may need to play around with different tracks to get the session duration you want.
Simple! And you’re wired for interval training sound.
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