Intense! How Tough should your Aerobics Workout be? Aerobics are great for losing weight and staying healthy because they strengthen your breathing and heart as well as help you burn fat.
However, many people don’t know or understand how to do an aerobics workout in order to best maximize the results. Intensity is a very important aspect of any aerobics workout, so if you want to get the most out of your aerobics, make sure that you’re following these three rules.
First, find the intensity that is your sweet spot, that is to say, the best for you. If you work out too intensely, you may injure yourself or will not see results. However, if you don’t work out intensely enough, you will lose any weight or grow stronger.
Therefore, you have to work with a program that has just the right intensity for you. When trying new exercises, try to make sure that they include enough weights or speed to make the workout hard, but not impossible.
Remember also that you will need to re-work the intensity of your workout as your tolerance and endurance increases, so take a look at your routine every week or two and make necessary changes.
The second rule is to make sure your workout is safe. Over training can be a huge problem, breaking down more than you are able to build up. When you under train, you will see little to no weightloss results.
Too intense and you’ll be vomiting before the workout is over and possibly injuring yourself. If you are training properly, your muscles could be a little sore, but your joints should never be. And . . . never do an intense exercise in which you cannot control your form or breathing. You should be able to breathe easily and deeply during the exercise.
Take proper breaks and use lower weights or more speed to short bursts of intensity. This method will help you get more out of your workout, and challenge your body. It is a good idea to workout with a partner or to at least let someone know that you’re exercising in case anything happens to you during the workout.
Lastly, build up intensity gradually instead of jumping into the deep end with too much all at once. When you are starting to exercise, you won’t be able to suddenly run the Boston marathon! It takes some time for your body to adjust to your new routines.
Building up slowly helps to prevent injury, as we talked about in the second step, but it can also help your all important mindset. Don’t get frustrated, stay motivated. If you slowly build up your aerobics routine, you’ll successfully graduate to more intense workouts to test your new fitness levels as you go.
Weightloss comes from burning more calories than you consume and aerobics can increase your burn rate throughout the day long after you have stopped exercising.