Why Workout Intensity Affects Weight Loss When it comes to losing weight, there are a couple of variables that go into the equation. Of course, we all know the main focuses are to eat clean and in correct portions, and exercise often. The intensity, duration, and frequency of exercise all work together to drive your results . There have been numerous studies performed to find the perfect combination of these factors. How Often? One thing most all studies agree on is that the more frequently you exercise, the better . This means some sort of physical activity most days of the week, so, 4 to 5 days a week. An important thing to note is that this doesn’t necessarily mean you can be sedentary on your 2 to 3 off-days. Regular movement throughout the day, such as getting up and walking around for 5 minutes every hour, in addition to physical activity most days of the week, is an ideal combination. How Long? How Intense? Duration and intensity of exercise go hand in hand. You can shorten the duration and increase the intensity of exercise , leading to the same effects as a longer duration and shorter intensity workout. But, is one better than the other? The answer to this question varies often. Science used to show that long duration, low to moderate intensity exercise was the key to weight loss success. This was the era of hours on the elliptical or treadmill, hour-long aerobics classes, and the like. While no exercise is bad exercise, this trend has taken a shift. More and more studies are showing that short duration, high intensity exercise is the way to go. This notion was warmly welcomed in a world where we move quickly and expect things in an instant. So, along came 7-minute abs, T-25, Insanity, etc. While these methods are certainly effective, they are not for every fitness level. When it comes down to it, the perfect equation is different for everyone. If you are a beginner exerciser, short duration, high intensity is likely not for you. Start off with longer workouts (30-45 minutes) of moderate intensity to build a base fitness level. As you begin to handle these workouts with more ease, you can increase the intensity some days and shorten the duration. If you’ve been exercising regularly for at least 3 months, incorporating high intensity workouts into your routine 3 days a week may benefit your results. It is important to balance out high intensity workouts with lower intensity workouts to reduce stress on the joints and allow the body to recover. Fitness is a journey, so your perfect equation will shift as you progress through your journey. If you notice results start to plateau, shift the factors of your equation (exercise harder or longer), and bust past that plateau! About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box ! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|