Diversify your workout portfolio for better fitness
Want to get more out of your workouts? Diversify your exercise routine. In this Ask the Experts video, fitness expert Mike Clark, DPT, outlines the "assets" that belong in your fitness portfolio.
Variety maximizes the health benefits and minimizes the risks, like injury, fitness plateau, and boredom.
Hi. I'm Dr. Clark with a tip to get more from your workouts. Investment-minded people know one of the best ways to strengthen their long-term financial portfolio
is to diversify. Think of your weekly exercise routine as a fitness portfolio. One of the biggest mistakes people make
is not including enough variety. Research shows that diversifying your workout routine offers greater payoffs long-term than sticking to the same moves
or exercises. That's because variety maximizes the health benefits and minimizes the risks, like injury, fitness
plateau, and boredom. Your ideal exercise routine should include aerobic training, strength training, and flexibility exercises.
There are also a few variables to consider. Think about these four. Intensity-- this is measured by the percentage of your max
heart rate during an activity. Frequency-- this is how often you perform an activity.
Duration-- this is how much time you spend performing an activity. Variety-- this is the number of different exercises
you perform for each type of exercise, from cardio to strengthening. Aim for a good mix of all of these factors.
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