Exercise Time Optimization

Exercise Time Optimization | Ben Fairchild Fitness Tips | Photograph by SewPixie on Flickr

Exercise Time Optimization | Ben Fairchild Fitness Tips | Photograph by SewPixie on Flickr

If you are 20 pounds overweight, pressed for time, stressed at work, not sleeping enough, what should you do to better manage your time spent exercising?

1. Assess – What is your greatest deficiency in the total fitness picture?

2. Plan – If you have the knowledge necessary, set out a plan. If not, invest in an expert who can help you.

3. Act – Get moving!  If you are sedentary, start by walking 30 minutes daily.  Implement the plan you have set out.

Too many times I observe people with 42″ waist lines slowly moving from one triceps extension machine to another, then resting before doing biceps curls, or an isolated inner thigh machine (what I like to call “fluffy” exercises).  This picture makes perfect sense: they are fat because their time spent exercising is focused on the wrong activities.  Such concentrated, single joint efforts are not calorically taxing enough to support weight loss.

Identify your most pressing need.  If your waist line is over 40″ for a man, 36″ for a woman, you’ve found it.  These numbers are benchmarks for cardiovascular disease.  Don’t waist your time on small movements.  Move your entire body with walking, jogging, squatting, pressing, and keeping your heart rate elevated for extended time periods.

You can do concentrated exercises if you have extra time later in the day.  Make your priority burning mass quantities of energy (calories) while at the gym.  Add a restrictive diet plan, and you are on your way to a healthier, leaner body.

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