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Diet and Exercise Tips Interview Question #6
One of the best fitness tips for women I can give is to try and clear up this misconception. I continually see women do cardio and then when they go to strength train they only do like crunches or leg exercises or a couple of choice machines and they completely ignore certain muscle groups. This type of training can lead to imbalances and injury. You need to train every major muscle group in order to reap the full benefits of strength training.
Another thing they’ll do is come in daily and do the same thing day in and day out. Like I just said, your muscle needs time to recuperate between workouts. So, you should never train the same muscle group two days in a row. Check out Strength Training Guidelines for the rules of the strength training road.
You could do total body workouts every other day or upper body one day and lower body the next or something like that. Variety is important, too. You don’t want to do the same thing every time you come to the gym. Your body will adapt and stop progressing. Check out Strength Training FAQ for some great tips on how to structure a good workout.
Stop with the Barbi Doll weights!
Also, most women will use very light weight with very high reps and perform them way too quickly in poor form. You will not get much out of these exercises performed in this manner. Try this instead:
For instance, try switch out a 45-minute to hour session with a 30-minute HIT (high intensity training) session where you warm up for 5 minutes, walk a minute/run a minute interval for about 15-20 intervals and cool down for 5 minutes to total 30 minutes. You can do those intervals any way you want.
You can also do it like on an elliptical by warming up for 5 minutes, then go all out as hard as you can for 15 seconds and then 45 seconds moderate pace to catch your breath and repeat that interval about 15 times and then cool down for 5 to total 30 minutes. It’s truly intense. Pace it according to your fitness level, but switch things up like that instead of becoming a treadmill zombie.
Interval training is the bomb! You need to work yourself up to it and give it a try. You may still want to do your long duration cardio too, but throw in a couple of HIT sessions if you can.
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