All or … Something?
Exercise is an important part of maintaining good health and wellness, but it can be difficult to make it a consistent part of our lives. Many of us struggle to find the time, energy, or motivation to exercise, and we may feel that we need to push ourselves to the limit in order to see results. However, the truth is that consistent exercise, even at lower frequencies and intensities, can be just as effective as infrequent, intense workouts.
It’s important to remember that everyone is on their own journey when it comes to exercise. Some people may have more time, energy, or physical ability to engage in intense workouts, while others may have more limitations. That’s why it’s so important to be compassionate and understanding when it comes to exercise. We all have different needs, goals, and abilities, and what works for one person may not work for another.
Consistency vs. Intensity
So, why is consistent exercise, even at a lower frequency and intensity, better than infrequent, intense workouts? For starters, low-intensity exercise is easier on the body. It’s less likely to cause injury or strain, which means that you can engage in physical activity more often. This consistency can lead to improved health, physical ability, greater results across the long term, as well as a reduction in the risk of heart disease.
Another advantage of sustained, low-intensity exercise is that it’s easier to maintain in the long-term. High-intensity workouts can be challenging and demanding, which can make it difficult to stick with them over the long-term. While there is a time and place for greater intensities it might not be worth the trade off in the event you’re struggling to stick with the habit of consistent exercise. In contrast, low-intensity exercise is less demanding, making it easier to maintain a consistent exercise routine. Over time, this consistency can lead to better overall health outcomes, as well as greater enjoyment of physical activity.
In addition to being easier to maintain, low-frequency, low-intensity exercise can also help with weight management. Regular physical activity is an important component of a healthy weight loss plan, and low-intensity exercise can help people lose weight in a sustainable way. By engaging in low-intensity exercise on a regular basis, people can burn more calories over time, which can lead to weight loss. In addition, low-intensity exercise can increase the number of calories burned at rest, which can help people maintain a healthy weight.
Finally, low-frequency, low-intensity exercise can have a positive impact on mental health. Exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and to improve mood. By engaging in low-intensity exercise on a regular basis, people can enjoy these mental health benefits, which can help them feel better overall.
In conclusion, exercise at any frequency or intensity is better than no exercise at all. If you’re struggling to stick with high-intensity workouts, consider switching to a low-frequency, low-intensity exercise routine, even if only just to get started. Remember to be compassionate and understanding of yourself and your needs, and to focus on the journey, not just the destination. The most important thing is to find an exercise routine that you enjoy and that works for you, so that you can make physical activity a regular part of your life.