A lot has been said about the benefits of walking. Walking happens to be a great overall exercise, especially when you go from being completely sedentary.
However… not enough is being said about the benefits of *intense* exercise.
When exercise is too easy, you don’t grow.
*Intense* exercise has the following benefits:
- Stimulates the release of growth hormones, which can slow down the aging process.
- Increases and improves your oxygen consumption, which in terms improves your overall health and fitness (remember: disease doesn’t live in an oxygenated environment).
- Helps reduce anxiety and stress, much more than a regular “brisk walk” ever could.
- Helps you maintain your muscle mass as you age.
The key is to make your workout “challenging”, not just regular.
In an article published in the New York Times, entitled “Staying a Step Ahead of Aging,” the authors come to the following conclusions:
- Surprising research shows how much more adaptable the human body is, and how we can actually slow down the negative effects of aging much more than we imagine.
- We can keep maintaining a very fit body as we age.
- The key is “training hard” and focusing on intensity, not just “frequency” in exercise.
- Interval training is a great way to go (alternating periods of high-intensity with periods of rest)
Are you working out hard enough?
If your workout is easy… you’re simply not growing anymore.
It’s important to start slowly, but also focus on bringing more intensity in your exercise. You could start:
– Lifting weights with more intensity
Or doing other exercises that involve more intensity.
If you’re not breaking in a sweat… you’re not exercising hard enough!
Of course, if you’re new to an exercise program, make sure you do it under the supervision of an expert.
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