For years I’ve seen a number of gadgets, programs and so forth that has confused me as well as others. Every time I hear of a “new” program, it really makes me mad. I’m not saying that they are good or bad. It’s just that many will believe that the newness is the only way. We’re hypnotized by all of this. I know, I’ve done the same thing. The more complicated something, the better it must be, right? WRONG!!!!
It’s the same when business people use big words and sentences to explain an idea. Not only does it confuse the listener, it also never gets put into action. In fitness, when you’re confused, you usually don’t take action either. It is just the way our brain works. If we don’t understand something, we normally won’t do it. Sure, there are those that will try to understand it and may do it. They are the exceptions, not the norm.
Now, let’s get right to the point of simplifying your fitness. In every category there will be the foundations we all have to
– strength training
– cardiovascular training
The very basic foundational training that I suggest for the beginner is simply to walk. I can tell you that even walking can be made challenging. This includes distance, speed and stride length. One of the signs of someone who is aging is how they walk. You may see people who are taking shorter strides and slowing their pace in walking, right? Heck, this could be someone at any age. You may have even thought of how old that person looks. By the way, when a younger person walks slower with shorter strides, they also appear older (at least in their physical body).
All foundational work has to include the core. This is important towards having a safer and more effective workout and functionality in daily life. Simply put, use your abs and glutes in your various activities. When doing a squat, for example, make sure you feel your butt being
Whether you’re doing squats, push-ups or anything else where your feet touches the ground, your full core (including your glutes) should be engaged. If you’ve been sitting for a long time, you may have to do some pelvic lifts to start to feel them working. Just remember that the core helps to stabilize your whole body as a single unit.
When it comes to strength training, your core should be engaged when you’re progressively increasing the intensity. The basics of strength training is to make sure your whole spine is in proper alignment, core engaged and form is proper. Increase the reps, sets and/or weight to ensure you’re progressing. I even do this with body weight training.
Cardiovascular training is done by increasing volume, speed and decreasing rest time. This includes high intensity interval training (which I prefer). Keep your training under 45 minutes. It’s that simple.