What is exercise? Every person has their own ideas and definitions about working out however, generally when we hear “workout,” our brains immediately turn to the hard people, the heavy sweaters, and the kinds of workouts which make us wonder why we ever went to the gym at all in the first place. While some workouts may be similar to the ones mentioned above, most people don’t wish to feel like this when they exercise. The problem is that society has established in our brains that exercise should always “feel” as if it were an exercise. This concept is what drives many people off from physical exercise, which is unfortunate. However, the good news is that this isn’t the only method of exercise. Exercise that is low-intensity is often ignored option that is great for people who want to stay active and fit and not feel as though that they’ve given everything when they work out.
Maybe it’s the first time that you thought about the various intensities one could exercise at. When I think about exercises, I typically divide them into three distinct intensity categories: medium, low and high. While there are three distinct categories to choose from however, there will likely be some overlap between the intensity levels that range from moderate to low intensity and others being moderate-high intensity. Whatever the case the case, these categories are an excellent place to begin. If you are looking for exercises that are low in intensity one could imagine taking a stroll. On the range of 1-10 (10 being the most challenging exercise to ever) the person would be performing at of 3 to 5. Another way to look at the intensity of exercise is by looking at the ability to talk and also. If you are doing low intensity exercise you must be able to maintain a conversation, with minimal to any deviation from your breathing. The next step is moderate intensity exercises. Moving to the top of the list moderate intensity workouts will typically be assessed at around 6- 8 on our 1-10 scale. In our test of talk, moderate intensity workouts typically permit the participant to engage in an ongoing conversation, taking brief breaks between each sentence to provide the breath to take. The high intensity exercise takes us on the highest point of our scale, and aiming for 9+. In a high-intensity exercise you won’t be able to maintain a conversation and will experience very slow breathing. If we were to describe high intensity exercise, it could be to be the best choice. In the end, doing more is always better, isn’t it? Though I would not advise anyone to exercise in a high-intensity workout in case they’re well-conditioned however, I would never recommend doing only intense exercises. Ideally, you should be able to mix high and low intensity workouts within your daily routine. Because life is full of intense events (moving over a busy street or picking up an heavy object from the floor and so on.) it’s a good idea to perform this type of exercise at times. While intense exercise does have its place, moderate exercise can provide tremendous mental and physical benefits too.
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Low-medium-intensity exercise is excellent for many reasons. These kinds of exercises tend to be easier to take part in, which is why they are favored and appreciated by the majority of people. This is particularly important in terms of staying consistent with your exercise routine because the benefits we gain through long-term exercise. Additionally as the intensity of the workout is low, the likelihood of getting sore after your workout are slim. The result is that you are refreshed invigorated and ready to engage in additional physical activities the following day or in the current day. Low-intensity exercises are about the process of moving in a way that you enjoy. We don’t want to focus on “feeling like you’re exercising,” but rather doing the physical exercise you love and you can commit to. If you’ve not yet incorporated moderate intensity exercises in your daily routine it’s time to get started! is now!
Logan Anderson, BA, CPT, CIFT, is the owner of All Strong Fitness LLC.
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