Don’t Underestimate the Value of Low Intensity Workouts


High intensity training such as jump squats and PiYo often get all of the hype when it comes to burning fat and building muscle. However, there is something to be said for workouts that are low intensity but sustained for longer periods. To gauge the intensity of your workout, do a “talk test.” If you can carry on a conversation, the workout is low intensity, if can talk but must pause for a breath more often, you workout is moderate. If you cannot carry on a conversation, the intensity is high.

Here are some benefits of low intensity workouts:

Great for Getting Beginners Up to Speed

If you haven’t worked out in a while or ever, low intensity workouts can help your body adjust to the feeling of working out. You can build muscle without the pain and train for longer. Doing stretches, jogs, and warm-ups for an hour or so a few times a week can help you get yourself up to speed.

Good for Sustaining Fitness without Injury Risks

Alternating low intensity workouts with high intensity workouts or prolonging low intensity workouts for longer can help you to sustain fitness without risking injuring yourself. Regularly doing high intensity workouts may put you at risk for repetitive stress injuries and other injuries. This may be best if you are training for an event or even just trying to stay as fit as you can be.

Effective for Burning Calories without Exhausting You

Low intensity workouts can also be your perfect solution for working out when you have things to do. Low intensity workouts don’t usually make you sweat profusely, so you may be able to do some low intensity exercises while on lunch at work or right after work before going out to dinner. This may help you to get in a workout more often.

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