I love the feeling you get after a long jog, especially if it’s a nice day out.
But is jogging/long distance running really the best way to get a workout?
A few months ago I ditched jogging/long distance running for short sprint sessions. I did this for two reasons: 1. I read an article by Mark Sission about the benefits of sprinting. 2. Winter hit, and my workouts had to be done indoors.
Other than playing a few pick up games of basketball I’ve stayed away from any heavy cardio training. I changed my workouts to where I do compound lifts three days a week and sprints sessions 2-3 days a week.
My sprints sessions have been on the treadmill, which I know isn’t ideal, but I had no other options due to the weather. I usually warm up for a few minutes with some stretching and a light jog. After that I begin sprinting. I do a full sprint on the treadmill (11 speed) for about 30 seconds and then wind down. I cool down at walking speed for 2 minutes and then begin sprinting again. I do about 4-6 30 second sprints each workout. My workouts never takes me more than 20 minutes. My sprint sessions are short and sweet. I don’t feel exhausted after doing them, but do I feel like I got a workout in.
Should you ditch jogging/long distance running and sprint instead?
You may want to after reading these two articles by Mark Sission: 15 Reasons to Spring More This Year & The Evidence Continues To Mount Against Chronic Cardio.