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Healthcare staffing agency, Aureus Medical, shares the 5 myths of interval training

Omaha, NE (October 2, 2014) - High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great way for travel PT professionals to rev up any workout. Travel physical therapy jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, discusses the five myths of interval training.

Alternating bursts of intense activity not only burns more calories, it improves aerobic capacity. Despite the benefits, some myths have been floating around. Here are the misconceptions debunked:

1. Myth: All exercises are suited for interval training

Truth: Not all exercises are created equal. The whole point of interval training is to achieve high intensity by incorporating movements that tax your cardiovascular system and build strength endurance. With this in mind, single joint workouts such as tricep extensions or bicep curls don't offer benefits of total body conditioning. A good rule of thumb is if you can talk while doing intervals, they're probably not a HIIT workout.

2. Myth: Longer is Better

Truth: The beauty of the interval training is that short, more intense exercises equal the same or greater aerobic taxation as normal, longer workouts. Think sprint vs. jog. Typically, when the length of a high intensity workout nears 30 minutes, intensity will diminish. So, instead of rushing through 30 minutes straight, consider approaching it like this:

  • Work – seven minutes
  • Rest – two minutes
  • Work – six minutes
  • Rest – two minutes
  • Work – five minutes
  • Total time equals 22 minutes

3. Myth: Everyone can do a HIIT workout

Truth: Similar to how not everyone is ready to run a marathon, HIIT may be better for people who already are regular exercisers. Coming out of the gates with HIIT may lead to prolonged muscle soreness and increased risk of injury. It's better to start with low-intensity aerobic exercise until you can run for 30 consecutive minutes at a moderate intensity.

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About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.