Principles of Exercise: How to Get the Best Fitness Results
The FITT principle of exercise: Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type
This is a well known principle for exercise that helps us determine how to make fitness progress and push through plateaus. The four contributing variables are:
Frequency: How often do you exercise? Therefore, if you start with three days a week and find that this becomes easy, then increase the sessions to four or five (depending on the nature of the exercise).
Intensity: How hard do you exercise? What heart-rate do you maintain during the exercise session, is a decent way to gauge your performance intensity. Several performance gadgets like sport watches and exercise monitors exist to help with this. However, you can try a simple 1 to 10 (easy to tough) self-check. Ask yourself how much you pushed yourself, and be honest about personal feedback. If your response is ‘I couldn’t possibly have done any more than I did,’ you’re probably on the right track.
Time: How many hours and minutes do you exercise for each week?
Type: What type of workouts do you follow?