Monday, May 19, 2008

Intensity for Ideal Weight

Intensity for Ideal WeightAs for determining ideal weight, it is impossible to name a precise number of pounds by height, age, or something else, but the fact is that there are huge negative effects of obesity. A significant part of the American population cannot climb a flight of stairs without being out of breath.

However, there is no need to fixate on losing all your excess weight. This type of intention leads to a crash diet. If you decide to commit to those crash diets, you will lose the weight, but then you will realize that there is no way you can eat that way for the rest of your life. So, you will gain the weight back. The better way is to focus on getting healthy. Getting to an ideal weight is more about adding intensity to workouts.

There are three parts to effective workouts or physical activity: frequency, intensity and duration. Intensity is the most direct way to change your health for the better and lose body fat in the process. If you are a runner, devote the last 10 to 15 minutes of some runs to hard sprinting for 30 seconds followed by 90 seconds of recovery pace, then repeat three to five times. If you walk for exercise, do the same 30-second burst/90-second recovery pace sequence or add some hills or incline on your treadmill. For weight lifters, load your barbell at an amount that fatigues the muscles after 8 to 12 repetitions.

Physical activity or lack of it affects personal health. You can be healthy at a higher weight than what a professional might consider ideal, but you should increase your workouts' intensity to keep your weight off.