Tip Tuesday: is more intensity always better?

A good high intensity workout feels great - but is high intensity where you should be spending ALL your workouts to be the most efficient with your time? Short answer? NO! If you always work at 8-9/10 and never change up the intensity of your workouts your more than likely going to end up injured or burnt out/ overtrained. And neither of those options are good for your progress! So - if you feel like some workouts just aren't as "hard" as others - that's great! It means you're working different energy systems (each has their benefit) and you're keeping your body & brain interested. So, how does this play out? Runners - this means you're not just going out and running 10k 3x per week. Make 1 workout per week a focus on speed or hills. This workout is all about intensity & focus. Make a second workout about a nice steady mid-distance run. And finally your third about distance - at a nice, comfortable conversational pace. If you're running more than 3/week the others should be shorter & lighter. These three are your foundation runs. For those who cross train this could look like 2 HIIT cardio workouts per week (hello sweat) paired with 2-3 strength based workouts (still sweaty - but the cardiovascular system gets a bit of a break) and then 1-2 core/ stretch based workouts. Each workout provides value to the body but doesn't overload it negatively. This is especially important as we age! Our body needs rest & recovery to get stronger - and this is even MORE important as we age. So train smart & age well! Questions? I have answers! gillian@superyou.ca More about Gillian: Gillian is a Personal Trainer and Fitness instructor based in Nanaimo, BC. She holds a BSc in Kinesiology and is a Trainer of Fitness Leaders for the BCRPA. She is a passionate advocate of fitness & health who believes in creating a healthy lifestyle you love! Join our Super You community online: www.facebook.com/superyoufit For more information about Gillian & Super You visit www.superyou.ca

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