Working Towards Your Fitness Goals
Whatever your personal fitness goals, it’s important to remain focused on them despite having to make some changes to your training routine at the moment. By maintaining a regular exercise routine, you’ll continue working towards your goals and also be making a really positive impact on your general health and wellbeing.
Everyone’s body is different. Everyone’s goals are different. We can’t all follow the same exercise routine; instead, use this time to try different training methods and exercise routines to see which helps you and what works best for you. Will it be high intensity or low intensity or a mixture of the two?
What is High Intensity Training?
High intensity training is the type of exercise that includes performing high energy movements and giving each movement your full energy. High intensity training includes working for certain periods of time with minimal rest which allows you to keep your heart rate consistently high. A great example of high intensity training is HIIT. HIIT workouts tend to include working for 40 seconds followed by a 15/20 second rest. In those 40 seconds to rest, you can perform exercises such as high knees, burpees, jumping jacks, skipping or sprints and give your maximum energy throughout.
High intensity training is suited to those who are working towards weight loss and want to reduce their body fat. You may not be wanting to lose weight but if you’re aiming to get fitter, high intensity training will push your fitness levels higher as you work harder and harder throughout the workout. High intensity training encourages faster results whether you’re working on weight loss, muscle gain or general fitness training.
High intensity training is tough but you can take it at your own pace. Within that 40 seconds of work time, fit in as many reps as you can; it doesn’t matter if that’s 5 or 25, the more that you follow this type of training, the more that you’ll be able to push yourself in the future.
What is Low Intensity Training?
Low intensity training is a type of exercise that allows you to keep your heart rate steady as you’re maintaining a steady pace throughout. Low intensity training tends to include exercising for long periods of time i.e. 40-60 minutes of continuous exercise. Good examples of low intensity training at cycling, swimming, jogging, yoga, stretching and walking. All of these keep your body working for a continuous time and help you move closer to your fitness goals.
Some of the benefits of low intensity training include weight loss and fat burning. People tend to think of high intensity when it comes to losing weight but low intensity training is just as effective but it just means exercising over a longer period of time. For example, walking for 60 minutes could burn a similar amount of calories as a 20 minute HIIT workout so you should decide which works best for you.
Low intensity training is a great warm up for your gym session as it gets all of your key muscle groups working and boosts your heart rate. If you’re having a rest day, low intensity workouts such as Yoga, Tai-Chi and stretching are great for allowing your body to still make positive progress without putting too much strain on your body.
Tailor Your Workouts to You
Different ways of training are suitable for different people. No two bodies are the same and that’s why you need to find what works best for you. Trial a few different workouts and training styles to see what works best for you and what allows you to make positive progress on your fitness journey.
Whether you like to workout out for 20 minutes a day of an hour 1-2 times a week, low intensity might be suited to you or high intensity might be exactly what you’re looking for. You don’t know until you try so give them a go and see what helps you best.
Stay Active at Home to Boost Your Fitness
Continue to exercise at home whilst our gyms are closed whether you do something low or high intensity. We understand how important fitness is our community and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their physical and mental health by staying active.
There is something for all abilities, interests and goals so log in via our website or X4L app today.