As a fitness trainer I often see clients not balancing their workouts. Those who like cardio tend to do mostly activities such as running, biking, cardio machines and the like. People who dislike that aspect of fitness will gravitate towards weight machines, dumbbells, barbells and other lifting programs.
Good fitness balance is needed as an injury prevention plus making sure your body reacts to all aspects of development. This is the best approach in your fitness design. I wrote about this once before in what to look for with a trainer. Here are the key components that your program should have.
- For a complete workout make sure your regiment is focused on weight training and cardio development.
- For many of us exercise means walking, jogging or other activities that get the heart pumping.
- Often overlooked is the value of strength training exercise. Strength training is critical to preserving the ability to perform daily tasks, movement and keeping your safety intact.
- The average 30 year old will lose about a quarter of his or her muscle strength by age 70 and half of it by age 90. “Just doing aerobic exercise is not adequate” according to Dr. Robert Schreiber instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Unless you are doing strength training, you will become weaker and less functional. “
- The key to strength training is to develop a well rounded program, perform the exercises with good form and be consistent.
- When you do your cardio it should be a package of activity. Hike , run, bike, walk , use the treadmill, stair climbers, cross trainers, rowing machines, and water sports. If you start to break down from your running or strength training, back off for a spell.
- It is also wise to consult a personal trainer that is credentialed and understands what your goals are. The hiring of a personal trainer is well worth the investment as their knowledge and understanding of the human body will give you a direct, safe approach. You don’t have to figure it out yourself what might work.
- Keep re evaluating your goals and make adjustments as needed. Do not lock yourself into one or two ideas or concepts.
This is the basic information you should have. If you need any suggestions or help, drop me a email and I will set your direction in the right path.
Keep smoking and yours in fitness and health.