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Making Our Workouts Count

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While most of us realize that daily exercise is very important to our overall health and well being, we also find that it is hard to find the time to get everything done that we would like. We’ve learned that it is necessary to set our priorities in order to make sure the most important things on our daily lists get checked off. Exercise is definitely on the list of most important things. The process can become a bit easier if we find ways to get the maximum benefits from our workouts in the least amount of time.
Regardless of what type of exercise we are engaged in, be it working out with a punching dummy, riding our bikes or hitting the pavement for a good run, we want to get the most out of the time we spend. Many studies have determined that interval training is the best bang for your buck when it comes to exercise. Working at a high level of intensity followed by periods of less intensity seems to keep the body guessing and does not allow it to become too familiar with the routine, thus burning more calories in the process.
Those of us who are dedicated walkers might be a little chagrined to hear the latest findings that each of us should include some running in our daily routines. It does not have to be a fast pace but should require more energy output that simply walking. This works in much the same way as interval training and forces our bodies to work a little bit harder which pays off in big results.
While it is true that some exercise is certainly better than no exercise at all, there seems to be no good reason not do things in such a way that we can derive the most benefits possible.