Principles of Exercise: How to Get the Best Fitness Results
Step out of your body’s comfort zone
For an activity to count as exercise, it needs to be something that works your body and mind beyond what is comfortable. So if walking is effortless and doesn’t challenge you, then it’s time to try something new. How one can tell what’s comfortable and what isn’t is as simple as just asking yourself how hard you pushed yourself to complete a task.
Did you read an entire article on Jennifer Aniston’s love life while peddling away at the stationary bike? If the answer is yes, and ‘I always read while peddling at a comfortable pace,’ then it’s time you increased speed or resistance. A good workout session should leave you feeling stronger, capable and a little exhausted (albeit in a good way).
Progress is what we’re talking about. As Warren Rosenberg puts it: “As your body improves over time in response to exercise, the exercise load must be progressively increased to generate additional improvement -- the principle of progression.”