Ease yourself into a workout

There are three components to aerobic training:

  • the warm up
  • the aerobic training zone
  • the cool down

Lots of people skip out on the warm up and cool down, but each component should be given an equal amount of time during the workout. For example, a 30-minute workout should be broken down into 10 minutes of warm-up, 10 minutes of aerobic training and 10 minutes of cool down. Training this way will dramatically decrease your risk of injury.

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Sound like a lot of warming up and cooling down and not that much “hard work”? Not the case!

As you get fit, you will have to work harder to get your heart rate up to a higher level. Even if you keep the length of your workout the same, you will notice that you are going greater distances, a sign of improved aerobic function!

Healthful exercising means giving your muscles a sufficient amount of time to warm up and cool down and increasing speed and length as you progress—not forcing your body into too-long, too-fast cardio. When you start on tight muscles, push yourself too hard or quit the workout cold turkey is when injuries arise. Do it right and reap the benefits!

Posted on September 24, 2015

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