Getting Intense for Weight LossPosted: September 25, 2015 in Getting Active by Craig Primack MD FACP
How to pump up the intensity of your workout to deliver the weight loss results you are looking for.
When you are out to learn a new skill, it always helps to take a long look at how the professionals do it. We do this in our careers, taking on mentors who guide us through the ins and outs of how to handle complex situations. We learn by paying attention to how someone with more experience is able to complete a task or solve a problem. It is no different when it comes to developing a healthier lifestyle. Watching professional athletes do what they do best can be a really inspiring experience. Athletes dedicate their lives to perfecting their sport, to maximizing their power, and to pushing their body past the limits. Watching them do what they do best can be an eye-opening experience, one that might inspire you to try something new or push yourself to a new level of physical activity.
Your goal during your medical weight loss program in Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale, or Phoenix is going to be worlds different from what a professional athlete is trying to do, but the methods might be more similar than you’d think. Watch any athlete closely for the course of a game or a race and there is one element that you’ll find across the board: intensity.
Athletes work out with purpose. When it is time to focus on working out, their mind isn’t going to be anywhere else. Instead, they are constantly setting new fitness goals for themselves and pushing their body to reach new levels. This is something that you can emulate as you work out in Scottsdale. While you don’t want to attempt to take on the same intensity level as a professional athlete, you can model their mindset and practice upping the intensity of your own workout small increments at a time.
Here are a few tips for increasing exercise intensity:
- Use a timer and push yourself to workout longer by just a few seconds or minutes each week. If you are trying to start running, push yourself to run for 30 seconds longer than you did the day before.
- Try circuit training. This pushes your body by giving you a full-body workout in a short period of time. The goal here is to use a lot of different equipment and poses so that you are addressing everything from your shoulders to your legs.
- Add balance activities to your workout, as this will help with core strength. Adding new and challenging exercises to your workout every couple of weeks will keep things fresh and exciting, as well as increase the intensity of your workout.
Before you increase the intensity of your workout, talk to your medical weight loss doctor. The higher the intensity level of a workout, the greater the risk of getting injured—especially if you aren’t prepared for the challenge. The best thing you can do is work with a personal trainer to learn proper exercise techniques before taking on anything new.