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This Is Your Body on Beast Mode
Every time we work out, we and challenge our heart and lungs. With adequate rest and refueling, our heart, lungs, and muscles repair themselves and grow stronger. This is, in a nutshell, what “getting fit” means: What initially wiped us out becomes increasingly easier to bounce back from as our bodies adapt.
“Walking away from a training session without feeling sore doesn’t mean you didn’t get anything done,” Babenko says. “A lot of progress is being made neurologically—the brain is also adapting to your routine.” And even if that routine no longer feels challenging, “your body’s still benefitting from moving through a full range of motion.”
While periodically dialing up the intensity of our workouts ensures we make ongoing progress, days of less strenuous exercise (where our exertion levels remain below 50 percent of our ) are equally crucial to our health—and to our happiness. still burn calories, get our blood flowing, bolster our endurance, and produce enough endorphins to leave us with a comfortable exercise high. Being active for longer periods of time at lower intensities throughout the day may in fact be better for our heart health, longevity, and metabolism than isolated bouts of 30 to 60 minutes of maximal effort exercise—especially if, outside the gym, our lives are predominately sedentaryToo Much Sitting: The Population-Health Science of Sedentary Behavior. Neville Owen, Geneviève N Healy, et al. Exercise Sports Science Review. Jul 2010; 38(3): 105–113..
No Pain, No Gain? No Dice
Pacing ourselves is particularly important if we’re recovering from an injury, we haven’t been sleeping well, or we’re awash in stress. “Clients come to me exhausted and over-pressured from work, or overstimulated from living in a 24/7 world,” says Manhattan-based holistic trainer and Greatist Expert , founder of . “They want to be pushed hard through a difficult workout but that’s often the last thing their bodies need.”
Heavy workouts atop a schedule jam-packed with chronic stress can easily lead to —a condition characterized by fatigue, irritability, excessive thirst, impaired sleep, and difficulty focusing or thinking clearly. “It’s amazing how many people become desensitized to the classic signs of overtraining and perpetually live in this state,” Angelilli says.
Even if your home and work life are relatively chill, going full force with every workout (especially if you exercise most days of the week) isn’t advisable. “Workouts that leave you breathless take longer to recover from,” Babenko says. “There needs to be adequate recovery from the damage being done to the body. Proper sleep, hydration, and mobilization all need to be factored in with a smart program design as well.”
Slowing down doesn’t mean less progress, it means building a baseline of what works for your body so you’re not at a disadvantage later on.
If you want to stay , certified personal trainer and Greatist Expert , founder of , says you’re going to have to find workouts you enjoy. Sure, dropping a few sizes in time for that big event might galvanize you to hit the gym several times a week. But you’re more likely to quit when what’s keeping you going is superficial, or short-term.
To build a fitness routine you can stick to, Kneeland advises revisiting the basics. “Too many people jump into working out as hard as they can only to get injured and lose motivation. Slowing down doesn’t mean less progress, it means building a baseline of what works for your body so you’re not at a disadvantage later on.”
For exercisers who view “off days” with dread, trainer, registered dietician, and Greatist Expert recommends designed to regenerate the body rather than break it down further. A 30-minute session on a bike, elliptical, or rowing machine at a pace easy enough that allows you to hold a conversation should do the trick. Leisurely walks or a can also help move your body through a full range of motion without impeding recovery.
So how much high-intensity training should one do each week? The answer, like most things health-related, depends entirely on your fitness levels, your goals, and what else is going on in your life before and after any given workout. to tell you when you’re overdoing it, as well as when you’re ready for a new physical challenge. Add high-intensity exercise to your weekly routine slowly, building up to harder workouts or multiple sessions.
Yes, can boost heart, muscle, and bone health better than prolonged, moderate bouts cardiovascular activity, but not every single one of your workouts needs to be as intense as the next. Nor should they always crush you—especially if you get your fitness on frequently. (Remember, it’s better to be intermittently active throughout the day.) The body needs time to recover, so don’t be shy about opting for easier days when you’re feeling tired or stressed. By all means take on fitness challenges as you feel ready, but don’t push yourself if you’re not feelin’ it—you'll risk getting injured or start dreading the gym.
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