Posted by Gentille on 2/21/2014
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Now that we are more than a month into 2014, we can less rely on that initial burst of New Year’s resolution motivation to get ourselves to the gym. Now, the time has come to select the workout routines that are best for us and our goals.
Long and Slow
Long and slow workouts can be both effective and fun. In fact there is an entire running discipline based around the theory of Long Slow Distances (LSD). By going slow, you can better accustom your body to going long distances.
The downside to going long and slow is that it takes so much time and that, for some people, it is hard on the joints. If you want to try long and slow workouts, you may prefer to run trails using a GPS watch that will track time, distance, elevation and so forth.
Short and Intense
The opposite of going long and slow is, of course, the short and intense workout. There has been loads of research done showing that a four-minute workout, called Tabata training, consisting eight sets of 20 seconds of intense training followed by 10 seconds of rest increases muscle mass and improves aerobic capacity.
The con to Tabata training is that it HURTS. If you decide to try Tabata, wearing a heart monitor is a good idea.
Cardio training, also known as aerobic exercise, works the lungs, the heart, and the central nervous system. Though the intensity of cardio training is relatively low, it can be high impact and harmful to one’s joints. If you want to do cardio, go with low impact workouts such as those provided by swimming.
Resistance training is working out with weights, resistance bands, and machines. This is the best way to build muscle, which will in turn increase your metabolism. All work out plans have room for some resistance training.