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Fit Tip: Don't Work So Hard All the Time

Fit Tip: Don't Work So Hard All the Time

If you have a competitive personality or you're really motivated to stick to your fitness plan, you probably love intense workouts. While it's great to do exercise that gets your heart and body in shape, it's not healthy to push yourself so hard all the time. This intense physical stress on your body can cause repetitive stress injuries. Also, research shows that moderate exercise may be better for your heart than vigorous workouts, and what really matters is how often you exercise, not how hard. If you push yourself hard every time you work out, emotionally, you can become obsessed about it, and you'll end up feeling bad about yourself when you don't reach your goals.

So instead of working out intensely all the time, be sure to give yourself a day or two off in between your challenging workouts. You can still exercise, but maybe focus on low impact types of exercise such as walking or taking a class. When it comes to your intense workouts, try to include interval training, where you alternate between a few minutes of working aggressively and a few minutes of recovery and resting. The change of pace is really good for your heart, lungs, and stamina. Also try to include exercises that target areas of your body that you tend to forget about. Not only will this give your overused muscles a break, but it will help you have a stronger body overall.

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darkoblivion darkoblivion 8 years
I agree with Berlin, I don't think that's the best advice. If you don't constantly push yourself, there will be no change/results. I know so many women that would use that as an excuse to do half-hearted workouts.
Berlin Berlin 8 years
Um, as a personal trainer, that's some Bull advice. The only people that should take that advice to heart is the super competitive that are in over exercise mode that is actually harming their bodies (like causing over fatigue or muscle tears, or amenorrhea!). But for the rest of the population, they hear this and think it's an excuse to go ahead with their half-hearted workout regimes. For the most part, when you tell the average person to work out, it isn't to the extreme anyways, and they will just cut their already partial intensity workout by another fraction. Think of how many people actually workout to their max anyways, most women don't know how to do it properly and don't lift what they are truly able to do, making the workout not as effective as it should be, and if they cut back on that 'intense' workout in their minds, then someone help them! :)
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
That woman is going to bust a blood vessel.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Thanks, Fit. This is exactly the advice I needed to hear!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great advice!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great advice!
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