OPTIMIZING YOUR WORKOUTS: ARE YOU WORKING HARD AND SMART?
There are many reasons why we workout; Improved health, a better body, sports enhancement, the list goes on and on.
How much time do you spend exercising? Most people will spend between one and two hours exercising, three to four times a week. However, you should ask yourself “Am I working out smart?” With that question in mind, there is a basic truth about the human body you should remember.
“The fitter you are, the more intense you have to work and the less frequently”.
Let’s look at this statement a little closer: THE FITTER YOU ARE, THE MORE INTENSE YOU HAVE TO WORK AND THE LESS FREQUENTLY.
This is the reward for all your hard work. It is this process that tells you that you have accomplished something. For example, if in your earlier workouts you could walk 2 miles in 30 minutes and you built up to a 2 mile run in 20 minutes, you can see obvious changes in time and speed. If you went back to your earlier workout distance and time you would notice how much easier it is. In addition, your legs don’t have the same soreness they once had and breathing is now easier. You have become more fit! Your body has adapted, so soon the 2 mile run is not challenging anymore. In order for you to experience continuous improvement over time, let me encourage you to work a little harder, run a little faster, stretch a little deeper. Your fitness level is in direct proportion to your commitment to reach your goals.
The same method applies to your strength training exercises. Can you add a little weight to your arm curls or to your leg pressing exercises? In order to improve your body you must strive to overload it. Women do not need to worry about gaining too much muscle. Only 1 out of 100 women have the genetics to “bulk up”. The only group I would caution about overloading would be anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, or if you are pregnant. Take some time and analyze your exercise routine. Honestly ask yourself what you can do to increase the intensity. When you’re lifting weights, ask yourself if you can do a couple more repetitions with good form instead of putting down the weights after you reached a specified number.
Remember, setting goals is no sweat, accomplishing goals is when the greatness is born!