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Does Slow and Steady Work?

Slow-and-SteadyIn a word, no. Whoever said, “Slow and steady wins the race” was obviously not intent on getting anywhere fast.

Putting one foot in front of the other is always a good idea. When it comes to exercise, many are the days when I pull myself out of bed early in the morning, or stay awake late at night to exercise. That’s the only time I have. I try to be methodical whether I feel like it or not.

Which brought me to the research question: which is better– 30 minutes of quick exercise, or 60 minutes of slower exercise?

Statistically, technically, calorically, it’s better to exercise longer, because, chances are, you will not winter-ridingbe moving at 50% of the speed and intensity that you would do if going “faster”. But maybe you would. So that’s why one can’t be entirely sure….

The problem is I don’t want to go faster for shorter OR longer periods. My idea of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is to run, all-out, for one or two minutes once a year. Period.

the-raceBut whenever possible, it might be a better idea to grab a shorter training session, and rather than pound my legs on the pavement (or treadmill), just keep moving at a nice clip. As my son ran next to me today, a brilliant idea popped into my head: rather than my usual, 4 mph clip of a pace, where I’m too tired after 30 minutes (or even before that) to take it to the next level, what if my new, average pace was 2 mph? Then I could go for the HIIT at about 4 mph and still have enough energy to accomplish it?

Just a thought.

Alright, meanwhile, I’d better get back to fast-and-steady….

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