Okay, so what happens now when you have reached your weight loss and fitness goals? Well, first we want to say ‘congratulations’. Now, we already know how hard is to tempt to eat that bag of potato chips after all of your hard work out and to lie back on your couch. But, please do not do that. You have to keep moving. We know that you have been working hard, but keep in mind that your new routine won’t maintain your best new look forever. And the good news is that through cross or interval training you can shock your body with working hard again and keep up with getting the results you desire.
- Interval Training It is the ability to increase intensity, add time, distance, reps, exercises, or intervals to create a more difficult workout and that is the great part about this particular kind of workout. Also, it is important that you work until you are panting then recover the fastest possible before doing it again. A great way to begin interval training is a sprint work. Sprint the length of a football field, then walk back and do it again. Then change it up after a couple of weeks by adding ten burpees before and twenty sit-ups after every sprint. Also, a different approach to intervals is using a pyramid or ladder structure. That means that mid workout is your peak energy output. The football field is a great place to start. You could sprint ten yards then walk back. After that sprint twenty yards then walk back. Also, the same concept can be applied to elliptical, bike, or swimming workouts. You should be creative and add different exercises to keep it interesting!
- Cross TrainingIt is great if you have spent the past few months running 5 miles 3 times per week! But it’s probably not so challenging as it once was, and that means you have increased your level of fitness. Now, in order to keep pushing your body, that same routine has to change a bit. That’s why cross training can give you an added challenge and can truly help you to improve your running speed and endurance as well. An excellent way to start is swimming. You will be surprised at how much of a workout you can get in the water if you are not already a swimmer! You can use whatever stroke you are comfortable with for starters. Keep in mind that water adds resistance that air does not, with challenging your body in a different way and building lean muscle, as well. You can burn around five hundred calories an hour with an easy swim! You can challenge yourself in the pool and you will feel a obvious difference the next time you lace up your running shoes. Try out spinning if you’re used to the elliptical. You could work a few weight training sessions into your routine, if you’re a yogi.The general idea with interval training and cross training is to mix it up. You need to confuse your body. Make it do things it isn’t used to doing. Remember, that muscle confusion is what will build fitness levels and also shock your body into working to your benefit. Remember also that the same old routine won’t only bore you, it will bore your body. After you are in shape, regular variation should be your new fitness focus.