We know that working out has many benefits. We have also recently talked about the different types of workouts you should be doing for different goals. High intensity workouts popularity has been on the rise over the past years. These workouts do have many benefits such as burning a lot of calories in a short period of time, increasing your lung capacity and strengthening your heart to name a few. These workouts take a lot out of your body and should be followed by adequate rest. Doing many high intensity workouts back to back can have its negative effects if a proper plan is not followed.
How do you know if these workouts are right for you? If you feel like you have adequate energy daily, you sleep well and you are not overly stressed. Then your body should be in a good place and can handle these types of workouts without over stressing the body. We need to remember that working out is stress on the body. Being able to recover and rebuild is what will help you get better. If you don’t allow your body enough time to rebuild and repair, then you will be in a constant state of stress and breakdown and will not get the benefits from these workouts.
What if you are overstressed from work and your sleep is poor? These type of workouts most likely will not be best for you. Since you are already in a state of stress, intense workouts will only add to that and continue to breakdown the body and not build it up. This does not mean you should not exercise if you are in an overstressed state. It just means the type of exercise should complement your current state. In this case you should probably start with a walk outside, maybe some light yoga or meditation. Find something relaxing that will help you bring energy into the body and not expend more and stress you further.
In these crazy times step back and evaluate your current state. Are you stressed from being at home locked down and working to much? If so, get outside do some light walks consistently, try to do some light stretching and build your energy up first before you start more intense workouts. On the other hand, if you are in a normal routine and less stressed because you have less to worry about and energy is abundant since you may be moving less then go for it and incorporate some high intensity workouts a few days a week.
Do you need to build your energy or expend more energy? Now you know what type of workouts you should start with.
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