How to workout smart? How many of you think that more is better or know people that think so? I’m here to tell you that more isn’t always better! In fact too much of anything isn’t healthy and can end up doing more harm than good in the long run. For example many people think that spending 2 hours on the treadmill everyday, is better than 30 minutes of a real workout. I’ll tell you why this isn’t a smart way of working out.
Just think about being on a treadmill for an hour. You only work one range of motion over and over again. Not only that, it’s pretty boring too. Compare that to a different type of cardio workout, like the ones I have on YouTube. I make sure I target many different muscle groups, and use many ranges of motion. This is just one example on how to workout smart, while still pushing yourself. That being said, it doesn’t mean that you should only do cardio every day. When you only do cardio, you only burn calories during the workout and not afterwards. This means that even if you run on the treadmill for an hour or more, you’ll stop burning calories as soon as you stop.
Mixing different types of training styles into your weekly workout routine is the key. Let’s take high intensity interval training and strength training as examples. HIIT and strength training workouts are awesome for boosting your metabolism, burning fat, toning up, building strength and increasing endurance. It’s a very smart way to train when you don’t have much time to workout. In fact HIIT workouts are more effective for you than longer steady state cardio workouts. Therefor you not only work hard but smart as well. Both HIIT and strength training burn calories hours after the workout is done. They are very tough workouts, and therefor you need to make sure to never do them more than 3-4 times a week. Remember you’re still burning calories after those types of workouts, because your body is trying to recover your muscles. But if you ignore your body and keep pushing it through tough workouts everyday then you’ll end up only hurting your body. Do you see how it’s much smarter to workout in less time and get better results than workout for hours and see less of a change in your body?
We all know that working out is healthy for our body and mind, but overexercising or overdoing something that’s good for you doesn’t mean that too much of it will remain healthy. You can always make something that’s super healthy, become unhealthy for you, by overdoing it.
What you’ll need to do is find balance. You do that best by combining training styles such as HIIT, strength training, cardio, pilates, yoga etc. When you have this many options you’ll keep your body from hitting a plateau and it’s much more fun to workout when you do something different everyday. If you’re used to doing mostly strength training then you know the feeling your your body being “hard”, where your body feels contracted all the time. Therefor you’ll benefit from more expansion exercises such as yoga to make you feel lighter. If you’re a runner or a cardio junkie and never do strength training, you’ll benefit from strength training. It’ll help you stay grounded. This is what I call balance. And this is how you workout smart!
Disclaimer: You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing or starting an exercise routine.
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