This post is a little off topic – it’s not food related for once. I actually haven’t done much cooking this week due to my work load but have been able to fit in a good amount of exercise (since I workout in the morning).  One of my goals for 2010 was to learn to like exercise as much as I like food. Quite the feat, I know.

I have always exercised on and off but never really enjoyed it or pushed myself. Most of the time I would have a good week with exercise then I would slack off a little the next week. Luckily, 2010 is off to a pretty good start and I’ve been able to get myself to the gym 4-5 times a week. I’ve realized that the reason I didn’t love working out was because I would normally get bored, causing me to not make exercise a priority. I been trying to mix things up with a variety of classes and cardio machines and so far, no boredom. One of the things that has helped me is interval workouts.

There has been a lot of talk in the blog world about intervals lately. Intervals are when you workout at different speeds and intensity during your workout. This can be applied to walking, running, spinning, even the elliptical. Not that intervals are a new phenomenon or anything, but the technique gets a lot of attention due its benefits. Doing interval workouts have been known to increase endurance, improve cardiovascular fitness and burn fat faster. All good things! But, my favorite benefit is that interval workouts prevent boredom. Hooray!

This morning I did a interval workout on the treadmill and the time flew by. I think it’s because I was focused on getting through the current interval (of 1-3 minutes) rather than saying “33 minutes to go? Ugh” like I used to do. I have been known to use the most distractions possible when working out. I’m normally the girl with the magazine in hand, headphones on and TV in front of me…all attempts to beat boredom. This morning, I only used my iPod, which was a nice change.

Here is my interval workout from today. I really enjoyed it and hope I can keep the excitement going. Don’t worry, my next post will be food-related. 🙂

Friday’s Treadmill Interval Workout

00:00 – 05:00 @ 4.0 mph (walking)

05:00 – 08:00 @ 6.0 mph (running)

08:00 – 10:00 @ 6.2 mph (running)

10:00 – 12:00 @ 6.4 mph (running)

12:00 – 14:00 @ 6.2 mph (running)

14:00 – 16:00 @ 6.0 mph (running)

16:00 – 18:00 @ 6.2 mph (running)

18:00 – 20:00 @ 6.4 mph (running)

20:00 – 22:00 @ 6.2 mph (running)

22:00 – 25:00 @ 6.0 mph (running)

25:00 – 30:00 @ 4.0 mph (walking)

30:00 – 32:00 @ 6.0 mph (running)

32:00 – 34:00 @ 6.2 mph (running)

34:00 – 35:00 @ 6.4 mph (running)

35:00 – 36:00 @ 6.6 mph (running)

36:00 – 37:00 @ 6.4 mph (running)

37:00 – 39:00 @ 6.2 mph (running)

39:00 – 40:00 @ 6.0 mph (running)

40:00 – 45:00 @ 4.0 mph (walking)

45:00 – 48:00 @ cooldown

Total mileage: 4.25 miles (3 miles running; 1.5 miles walking)

Total time: 48 minutes

Do you like interval workouts? Share your favorites!