February 6th, 2018

Increased Running Intensity Vs. Consistency

Slightly different approaches to training can help active adults meet very different kinds of goals. Depending on what you want to achieve with cardio day workouts, a study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness offers interesting insight into what can be accomplished during 4 weeks of training.
 
Researchers had moderately experienced endurance athletes increase the intensity of their running each week or run at a constant intensity. Half-way through the program, the increased intensity group realized an average 5.5% increase in running velocity, reaching 11.5% by the end of 4 weeks. Constant intensity runners decreased exercise heart rate by an average of 6.7% after 2 weeks and 9% by the end of the program.