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5 Frequently Asked Fitness Questions Answered

Got burning questions about fitness? I’m here to spill the beans on some of the common queries that come my way!

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As a certified personal trainer, CrossFit Level II coach, and holder of various fancy credentials, I’m dishing out condensed and summarized answers to keep you in the fitness know.

Keep in mind, that while my paper collection is vast and experience two decades long, I am not a medical doctor or registered dietician.

If you have specific health considerations, contact a health professional for guidance.

1. How Much Cardio Should I Be Doing?

Cardio – how much is enough? Well, it depends!

Let’s cut to the chase: your cardio needs hinge on factors like your current activity level, goals, and effort.

If you’re just starting, aim for 10-15 minutes of easy cardio daily and build up. For strength and lean gains, opt for strength training exercises that double as cardio—think metabolic conditioning.

Remember, intensity and purpose trump duration. And if you’re into high-intensity workouts like HIIT, you’ll need less overall cardio time due to the hard-hitting effort.

Check out this peer-reviewed study demonstrating how HIIT training emerges as a powerful advocate for health and well-being, offering an efficient and versatile approach that can be tailored to various styles and settings.

2. How Often Should I Rest?

Rest is a vital part of the fitness journey – it’s where the magic happens!

Your body restores, muscles rebuild, and energy refuels during rest. Overworking might lead to diminishing returns, causing issues like elevated heart rate, injuries, poor sleep, and more.

The amount of rest you need depends on your routine, recovery speed, fueling, and workout intensity. Intense workouts may require more recovery time, while lower-intensity ones might allow for daily sessions.

Ensure at least 1 rest day weekly to prevent overtraining and support optimal recovery.

During your rest day, you may engage in an -ing: walking, biking, gardening, meditating. Whatever brings you happiness!

Listen to your body, and let it thrive with the right balance.

3. Should I Stretch Before My Workouts?

Skip static stretching pre-workout – it can slow you down! Instead, opt for dynamic moves that mimic your upcoming exercises.

Bodyweight squats, lunges, and lateral shuffles are great go-to moves to elevate the heart rate, fire up those muscles, and get those joints in motion.

4. What Should I Do About Muscle Soreness?

When it comes to muscle soreness, deep tissue work can be a lifesaver — but it can also be a budget buster. Save some cash by using your own mobility tools. Lacrosse balls and a foam roller help me not break the bank!

Dr. Kelley Starrett is a GREAT resource on how to become a supple leopard.

5. How Do I Get Started?

Embrace exercise at any age or fitness level—no need to make it daunting! Forget the all-or-nothing approach. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym. Even small doses of activity can significantly boost your mental and emotional well-being.

Practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself! It enhances your chances of success. Don’t dwell on past choices. See them as opportunities to learn and grow.

Manage your expectations. Fitness is a journey—don’t expect instant results. Instead of fixating on outcomes, prioritize consistency. While mood and energy may improve quickly, physical changes take time. Focus on the process!

6. BONUS: How Do I Stick With It?

Pick activities that bring joy and confidence!

If your workout isn’t enjoyable, or if it makes you feel awkward, it’s less likely to become a habit. Don’t force yourself into activities just because they seem popular. Choose what suits YOUR lifestyle, abilities, and preferences to make fitness a sustainable part of your daily routine.

Regardless where you are in your fitness journey, remember: YOU’VE GOT THIS!

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