Do You Really Need to Increase Your Exercise Intensity? Is Higher Intensity Exercise only for ….

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This is the sixth article in my new series called Your Exercise GPA and today we discuss intensity.

Higher intensity exercise should be an integral part of your weekly exercise. While cardio or aerobic exercise is great, it’s not as effective as you progress if that is all you do. By exercising at different levels of intensity, by doing say interval training, you will get fitter, stronger and faster. This will also boost metabolism, help you control weight and improve your health.

You need to be careful with high intensity workouts. If you try to do too much too quickly, you increase your risk of injury which defeats the whole point of doing it in the first place.

If you are trying to get back into exercise, you don’t need to worry about higher intensity exercise. Focus on aerobic exercise which will provide all the challenge you need in the early months. There will be plenty of time to introduce higher intensity exercise later. 

Your Intensity GPA 

Give yourself the following GPA score:

4.0 – You do higher intensity for at least 20 minutes every week.

3.0 – You do some higher intensity exercise but know you could do more.

2.0 – You are getting back into exercise and plan to increase intensity as you progress.

1.0 – You very seldom if ever do higher intensity exercise. 

How To Improve Your Intensity

  1. Always warm up before and stretch and cool down after higher intensity exercise so you minimize your risk of injury.
  2. It’s not a good idea to work hard every day. So make sure you have both rest and easy days to give your body time to recover.
  3. As you get older, do no more than two higher intensity sessions a week.
  4. Always listen to your body and make sure you, and not your ego, are in control.

In the next article/video in the series we will discuss the benefits of cross-training. You’ll identify your Cross-training GPA and I will give you some tips on how to improve your score. To make sure you receive this blog series you can subscribe below.

Until the next time remember my motto:

You don’t have to be fit to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.

By Jim Kirwan

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