A few interesting articles about sprinting came my way this week so thought it would make a good blog post, especially for all the newbies joing the Endurance workouts. Mark's Daily Apple decries that one of the major deficits in our modern lives is a lack of sprinting. Key benefits of sprinting include:
- Sprint intervals improves insulin sensitivity
- Sprinting doesn’t just make you better at sprinting, it increases the oxidative (fat burning) potential of muscle and improves endurance capacity and improves the efficiency of muscle during exercise, so you can conserve more glycogen and rely on more fat, instead of using up the former right away (perfect for fat-burning beasts). Incorporating sprint training with jump training improves both speed and vertical leap in handball players better than jumping alone.
- It’s an effective way to improve agility and speed
- Best of all, sprinting is the best bang for your buck exercise around. It’s over quick, you’re not in agony for hours at a time (and for more hours after the workout), and it gets the job done.