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Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.

Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.
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Good news for procrastinators, the overworked and the overbooked—kind of.

We’re not sure if this helps or hurts us in our quest (ok, often a battle) to stay fit, but recent research seems to indicate that you don’t need to grind it out daily to get in shape—if you’re willing to pump up the intensity of your workouts. The magic, according to scientists, is in interval training, where you push yourself to max effort and heart rate for shorter bursts of time. Now, if you use this news as a handy excuse to cut back on your workout schedule but never follow through with the whole interval thing—yeah, that’s a trap we’re also trying to avoid.

Your Great Shape Up

Your Great Shape Up
Run stairs to work different muscle groups.
Be in late-season form when the first flakes fall. SKI's pre-season training regimen will get you fit.

Labor Day—the unofficial end of summer—is looming, and with it the realization that your grand plans to maintain last season’s ski legs fell apart sometime around Memorial Day. Soon the kids will go back to school and the pool will close. But before you put your best intentions—and your swimsuit—in a drawer, consider this: A slow-and-steady approach to ski fitness is far more manageable than a post-Halloween mad-dash.

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