Sorry for the doozy blog title! I guess my point was that in order to reap the rewards of a great exercise session- you have to push yourself and work hard. For you, this may mean a sweaty spinning class, or it may be a walk around the block. It’s all relative- but you know whether you’re pushing yourself when you’re being honest with yourself. My job as a trainer is to know when clients are cheating- and to help them effectively push their limits.
I find that in order to have everything in place for a really effective session, I need to prepare a bit beforehand. I know that having my bag ready the night before, making sure that some of my favourite workout gear is laundered and ready to go, and getting to bed at a decent hour will all contribute to a good session. If I’m well-rested, prepared and wearing something I love, I’m more likely to be in the zone.
I also know that I need to have some workout fuel about an hour before my session so that I have the energy to make it through, giving my best effort. I usually go for a pre-workout snack with an emphasis on carbs. Getting to know what works best for you will contribute to a great session.
I’ve talked before about treadmills and the potential pitfalls of steady state cardio, so I thought it may be useful to give you an example workout that falls into the interval category. Interval training is an efficient way to get a really effective workout in much less time than steady state. Studies also show that your metabolism will remain high for a longer period following interval training than it would after a steady state session.
So here’s an interval workout to try. You can do this on a treadmill, or head outside into the fresh air and alter your effort accordingly.
Remember to check with a doctor before starting any new fitness regimes, and honour your body’s limitations and injuries for safe and sustainable fitness progress.
For the purposes of this workout, effort refers to speed, with 1 being a fast walk and 10 being a sprint. Remember, you know what a fast sprint means for you. The total workout is 20 minutes including warm-up and cool-down!
|Time (mins)||Effort (1-10)|
If you try it out let me know how it goes!
Happy workout Wednesday!