The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Fitness Is To Do Something Else
Let’s break up all the movement you do weekly into buckets…
Strength training bucket
- Structured workouts lifting weights to build, tone and change the shape of muscle.
Interval training/circuit training bucket
- A combination of high, moderate and low intensity periods of exercise. Could be a specific type of exercise like running or a combination of bodyweight exercises, light weights, calisthenics and cardio – bike, row, run, etc.
- Group training classes, boot camps, Orange Theory and all the other franchised group options.
- Emphasis is on muscular endurance and conditioning.
Mobility and flow bucket
- Yoga, Pilates, barre, stretch routines…
- Emphasis on stability, flexibility, isometric and bodyweight strength (relative strength)
Steady-state cardio bucket
- Jogging, biking, speed walking…
- Heart rate stays elevated for duration of the workout.
- Duration determines intensity.
- Walking, playing sports, bowling league, pickle ball….
- At work
- At home before leaving for work and when you get back home.
- Chores, etc.
What bucket is overflowing? Which ones have a little bit of stuff in them? Which ones are completely empty?
The majority of people who dedicate time to fitness usually gravitate towards a specific modality of training. Runners run and do nothing else. People lift weights for strength and body composition, but never stretch or condition the hearts and lungs.
I think it’s great that you have a full bucket. After all, movement is the engine that drives vitality…
But, the repetition of only one kind of movement will lead to aches, pains and injuries.
The best thing we can do for our quality of life is to take a little out of our full bucket and do something else.
Runners would benefit by adding to their strength bucket. The mobility and flow bucket compliments strength training and Interval training rather nicely.
So what am I trying to say?
#1 – Do something.
#2 – Do something else.
If all your buckets are empty, start increasing daily movement and physical recreation. I would also consider hiring a fitness coach and learn how to properly strength train.
If all you do is one thing, then I recommend giving up a day of that (you won’t make or find more time) and do something else. Your mind and body will love you for it.
Coach Dom Lucibello