Push Your Workouts
It is important to begin pushing yourself a little during your workouts and give it your all. The medical studies have shown that if you are breathing a little harder and your pulse rate climbs a little higher, you have a greater benefit. Let’s say that you have been working out for 2 months, you are obviously in better shape than when you started, so it’s time to begin adding on additional challenges to your program, and begin pushing the intensity of your workouts. Your body has adjusted, and strengthened to your current program so it’s time to shake things up a bit.
If you are walking, simply pick up your pace or begin walking up a few hills during your workout, or begin to jog. If you’re already jogging, maybe add some speed intervals to your cardio. Alternating between a brisk walk, jog, and run will strengthen not only your body, but your heart as well.
Make sure you keep your workouts between 30 and 60 minutes; however, the intensity of your workouts should increase. If you haven’t done so already, you need to be adding weight resistance exercises and stretching to your program at least 2 to 3 times per week. If you have added both the strengthening and stretching components to your cardio program, than perhaps increasing your weights, or adding more complex movements, would be right for you. Maybe it’s time to add a fitness class to your current schedule. Cross training is for everyone. Don’t be afraid to try something new and different each week to spice things up a bit.
Another very important part of fitness, especially when pushing your body a bit harder, is your recovery time. Your body needs time each week to recover, and repair itself. One day a week, do nothing overly strenuous. A leisurely walk or bike ride, a low intensity hike, game of golf, or a swim, are wonderful choices for an active lifestyle, and are perfect options on your recovery day. Just make sure that you allow your body time to heal, from working that much harder, and moving that much faster than you have before.
For additional workout tips, or if you have a specific question, please contact Amy at: Amy@go2beyondmotion.com
~ Amy Lademann, Fitness Expert, Campus Calm