Only 1 in 3 American adults get their recommended weekly dose of physical activity. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in getting physically active is finding exercise programs that suit your body and your fitness goals. But there are a host of workout routines that you can choose from, each with its own benefits.
If you’re looking to get active, but you’re not sure where to start, we’ve picked 3 exercise programs that might be of interest to you. Before you choose from one of these though, be sure you’re aligning your fitness goals with the particular benefits of that program.
Not sure what we mean? Keep reading to learn more.
What Are Your Fitness Goals?
There are hundreds of different exercise programs out there, each with its own benefits. To choose the right one for you, ensure that you’re clear on your fitness goal first.
Fitness goals aren’t all about losing weight. Your fitness goal could be to bulk up, to strength train for a marathon or a sport, or even to reduce chronic pain.
3 Exercise Programs to Help You Meet Your Fitness Goals
We’ve chosen 3 exercise programs for you to start exploring. Each has its own benefit: one is great for chronic pain, another for performance, and another for all-body strengthening. Discover more about SITx, HIIT, and barre below.
SITx stands for Static Incline Training Exercise. It uses bilateral exercises to work with each muscle group and strengthen them equally.
Each exercise takes about 3 minutes and they’re not completed in repetitions. Instead, you apply gradual force until your muscles fail. That controlled compression positively impacts bone density and the strength of your skeletal muscles.
The idea is that by strengthening your muscles in this way, you can achieve chronic pain relief. At the same time, these exercises stabilize your joints. This reduces the chance of future injuries.
HIIT is otherwise known as High-Intensity Interval Training. This exercise program features repeated, intense bouts of aerobic exercise. It can be done with any cardio workout, including running, rowing, jumping rope, and even the stair climbing machine.
The idea is to do intense exercise that gets your heart rate up very high. You then slow down for a recovery period and follow that up with another bout of high-intensity exercise.
HIIT is great for athletes or those looking to improve their overall performance. But it can also help contribute to weight loss because it helps burn more calories per minute than low-intensity exercise. Plus, high-intensity exercise is excellent for releasing endorphins and improving your mood.
Barre takes you outside of the gym and into the worlds of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. This full-body, muscle endurance workout is broken into sections based on muscle groups, including arms, core, glutes, and legs. Those smaller muscle groups are exercised with high repetitions and light weights or resistance.
These low-impact, high-intensity exercises are intended to strengthen your muscles. It also helps develop agility and flexibility. But perhaps the biggest benefit of Barre is the mind-body aspect borrowed from yoga which works on improving your overall wellbeing.
All Things Fitness
There are hundreds of exercise programs to choose from. Some offer strength, others offer weight loss, and some offer improved overall wellbeing. Choosing an exercise program that works for you is simply a matter of aligning your fitness goals with the benefits of the exercise programs outlined above.
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