Working Out Is Personal
When it comes to working out, individuals do it for different reasons and it’s highly personal to your goals. If you are trying to increase overall health and wellness, it’s a good idea to have an even combination of resistance training and cardio.
Let’s say your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes, four days per week. We recommend switching every other workout between resistance training and cardio so you can stay balanced and improve both strength and cardiovascular health.
How much cardio is too much?
Your body is constantly giving you feedback, but it is up to you to listen to it. If you notice that it is taking longer to recover between cardio sessions, you are feeling sore or fatigued for longer than normal, or if you aren’t able to progress to a faster time or longer distance; you might be overdoing it.
Your body needs to rest and recover after workouts in order for it to repair itself. If you aren’t allowing enough recovery, your body will continue to break down and with constant stress, your risk of injury increases greatly.
Should I add lifting into my routine?
Absolutely! Resistance training helps increase strength, stability, and reduces your risk of injury. People of all ages and abilities can benefit from resistance training, not only because it gets you strong, but it helps you become more aware of your movement patterns and can help improve strength imbalances. Just like with cardio, however, your body needs to recover after sessions.
Does a Team workout hit on all the areas I need to work on?
It could! Team workouts can have different purposes. There are some where only body weight is used, some that focus on strength, some that use simple movements, some that are very challenging for even people in excellent shape, and everywhere in between.
There are many team workouts where the goal is to create a total-body workout that includes resistance, mobility, cardio, balance, and stability which would be a great option to cover all your bases. If you are interested in joining a team or group style fitness session, ask the instructor what to expect, what the purpose is, and difficulty level so you can get an idea of what it will be like. A great benefit to team workouts is that you have a coach creating the workout, leading you through it, keeping you motivated, and being there to help correct form or give advice.
Both cardio and resistance training have excellent benefits to improve health and wellness, but too much of one and not enough of the other could have implications that increase your risk of injury. To improve your overall fitness level, it is important to find a balance between the two and don’t forget to warm-up and cool down before and after your workouts!