For many of us working out or going to the gym can often be intimidating. With all of the choices in equipment, programs and classes; gyms can contribute to the confusion of what we should do for a good workout. This confusion may cause some of us to hire a personal trainer or join group exercise classes hoping that it will meet our health and fitness needs. While using the services of knowledgeable health professionals is a good place to start, for those who don’t have the resources to hire professionals, what do we do? Well whether or not you have help achieving your fitness goals below are 3 ways to approach your workouts for optimizing how your bodies move.
1. Balance and Symmetry – It isn’t so much about having the ability to stand on one foot but making sure that you are exercising your body from as many angles as possible to avoid muscular imbalances and injuries. For example too often do you see guys gravitate to the Bench Press but do nothing else or work out the same muscle groups every single gym visit. Balance and Symmetry also means working both sides of your body equally. Doing Single leg/arm exercises are great to isolate muscular imbalances and ensure that both sides of our body are equally strong.
2. Variety – There is a saying that goes “variety is the spice of life”, well for our bodies variety is also essential to avoid mental boredom of doing the same workout day in and day out, but also overtraining the same muscles. Our bodies are very adaptable and when you add variety to workouts either through doing different exercises, different weights or a completely different workout; our muscles are more stimulated. The advice to vary our workouts also applies to cardiovascular activities, for example if you are a walker maybe you walk a different route or vary your speed or walk hills.
3. Primal Patterns – Our bodies have 7 primal patterns for movement; squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, bend and gait. This means that we should do exercises that support these 7 movements. When you approach your workout these 7 movements should always factor in your exercise choices to support strength, decrease chances of muscular imbalances and improve bodily symmetry.