Yes the FITT principle which stands for Frequency, Intensity, Type, and Time, should dictate your planning for all workouts you perform. By manipulating how many days a week you work out, how hard, what types of workouts you perform and for how long, you can improve fitness and decrease the risk of over training. If you perform the exact same workout, at the same intensity for the same of length of time, the same days of the week, this will lead to boredom, over training, lack of progress and possibly injury. Always strive for variety in your programs to decrease the risk of injury, and boredom, and to continue to see improvements.
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Should I follow the FITT principle for exercise?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
What are some summer fitness tips?
Joel Harper - Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredI love the summer and I all the options that it brings. Here are a few ideas:
1) Pick an activity that you have always wanted to do-tennis, golf, windsurfing, rollerblading, trapeze, jogging.. and commit to doing it one day a week for 10 weeks.
2) Go to the park alone with a frisbee or a football and find a new friend to throw it.
3) Walk. Try for a day to do all your errands and activities without driving to them.
4) Pick one activity you never thought you would do, but always wanted to and hire the expert in your area to teach you.
5) Go to the local animal shelter and walk the pets.
6) Grab a friend and find a local park and pick up the garbage. It is a great way to burn your legs. Squat when pick up the trash-act like you are going to sit in an imaginary chair.
7) Commit to a friend that each week you will do a different activity alternating who surprises the other one. Encourage each other to be creative.
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What does training low mean for athletes?
HealthCorps answeredA trend among endurance athletes is to intentionally train with low glycogen (sugar-based energy) stores. Your body naturally turns to available blood sugar and then glycogen stores of energy during the early phase of exercise. Once that's burned, the body starts to force fat metabolism, the next available source of energy. So if glycogen storage is low to begin with, the theory is that you will quickly begin to burn fat as your energy supply. Hence, the term training low.
How is this accomplished? Remember that various foods supply glucose (sugar), especially carbohydrates. So if your carbohydrate intake is low, you end up with low glycogen stores.
To get the process started begin to taper your intake of carbohydrates for a few days during training, while increasing (healthy) fat intake. Embracing this kind of a diet requires a health professional to guide and monitor you, since very low carbohydrate diets can present certain health challenges. Always check with your physician before beginning an exercise program or a new dietary approach.
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