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Why you should give sprinting a go

January 12, 2021 2 min read

Why you should give sprinting a go

Sprinting and jogging are different forms of cardio. Sprinting is a high-intensity training method that increases your heart rate in a quick amount of time due to the quick burst of energy. Sprinting is different from your everyday cardio as your body is working at a very high intensity to produce energy fast and therefore cannot be sustained and breaks are needed.

Benefits of Sprinting

  • Increases your stamina
  • Burns lots of calories in a short time
  • Boosts your metabolism
  • Improves body composition
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Reduces stress
  • Every sport has a form of acceleration and sprinting such as footy, soccer, basketball, and tennis to name a few
  • Sprinting requires no equipment and can be performed with family and friends as different abilities don’t change anything

Differences Between Sprinting and Jogging

Sprinting is also known to help burn calories long after your session, this is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Jogging doesn’t have these same benefits. It also helps form your abs and improve your core structure due to the intense pace your body is moving at.

If building muscle is your goal, then adding in high-intensity sprinting would also be beneficial. Whereas jogging would be utilized more in warm-ups and getting your cardio in for the week.

Sprinting will increase your heart rate quickly and reach a higher level than if you were jogging and then would start to decrease once you have stopped. As jogging goes for longer at a moderate pace, your heart rate will not reach the same level as if you were sprinting. It would instead increase to a certain level and plateau for the length of the jog. Both jogging and sprinting give different benefits but both improving your cardiovascular system.

If you have never given sprinting a go, definitely try it out. It can be more enjoyable than jogging as you can push yourself harder and have lots of small breaks. Remember to always do a good warm-up before starting so your body is ready to run at a fast intensity, and most of all, have fun with pushing yourself towards your goal.

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Sophia Fighera

My name is Sophia but I preferred to be called Fia. I am a 100m and 200m sprinter with a goal to one day make it on a world team. My busy schedule consists of training most days, working as a personal trainer and studying at Sport Management at Deakin University.

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