By: Mike Aguirre
Whether you’re a beginner taking the first steps toward fitness or an exercise maniac hoping to get the most out of your results, a well-rounded training program is essential. Include these four elements to create a balanced routine.
First one is the obvious one strength training.
Muscular fitness is a key component of a training program. It can help you increase bone strength, muscular fitness, and it can help you manage or lose weight. It can also improve your ability to do everyday activities such as playing with your kids or grand kids, picking up and putting away groceries etc. the list can go on. Aim to include strength training of all the major muscle groups into your fitness routine at least twice a week. Here at pulse we take care of all the programming for you so when you come in you aren’t feeling lost or unsure on where to begin. We have a new focus each month whether it is a strength month or hypertrophy month or endurance month so we check all boxes for you.
Second component is aerobic fitness.
Aerobic activity, also known as cardio or endurance activity, is another key component of most training programs. Aerobic activity causes you to breathe at a faster rate and more deeply which maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood. Your heart rate will increase, which increases blood flow to your muscles and back to your lungs. The better your aerobic fitness, the more efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels transport oxygen throughout your body and the easier it is to complete routine physical tasks and rise to unexpected challenges such as running to your car in the rain or that small jog you take not so miss the elevator on the way up to the office.
Third, balance training.
Balance exercises can help you maintain your balance at any age. It’s generally a good idea for older adults in particular to be doing exercises to maintain or improve balance in their routine. It can also help with coordination too. This is important because balance tends to deteriorate with age which can lead to falls and fractures. Balance exercises can help older adults prevent falls and maintain their independence.
However, anyone can benefit from balance training, as it can help stabilize your core muscles. For example, try standing on one leg for increasing periods of time to improve your overall stability.
Fourth, flexibility and mobility.
Flexibility is an important aspect of physical fitness and it’s a good idea to include stretching and mobility into your training. Stretching exercises can help increase flexibility, which can make it easier for you to do many everyday activities that require you to be limber. Stretching can also improve the range of motion of your joints and may promote better posture. Regular stretching can even help relieve stress and tension. Adding mobility into the equation can help how freely a joint can move throughout its full range of motion. This is why foam rolling and trigger point exercises can help address muscle tension and tissue quality and corrective exercises to address the system are all needed for good joint mobility.
So there you have it. The four key components to a great training program. Make sure you are checking all the boxes for yourself and implementing doses of each into your programs. Here at Pulse we incorporate all the above and then some more into your training. If you are unsure or confused about what to or why you should be doing or where to start come see us at Pulse gyms in Scottsdale to get a better understanding of what we do and how we can help.