High intensity exercise is all the rage. But, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s the most beneficial for you…
1) You’ll live longer. Recent studies showed that joggers who moved at a moderate intensity (10-11 minute miles) had a lower mortality risk than those who ran more than 20 miles/week at much faster pace (7+mph), and that they have longer life spans.
2) Reduced risk of injury. Less wear and tear on the body. A combination of moderate and vigorous activity is good. However, performing only vigorous activity frequently (more than 5 days/week) may increase chance of injury.
3) More enjoyment. Too much intensity can also affect our enjoyment of exercise; it can make exercise less enjoyable, which usually means we won’t keep it up. To keep the enjoyment high, mix it up with higher and lower levels of intensity.
4) Moderate intensity exercise helps with baseline fitness level and recovery so you have more to devote to your bigger workouts.
5) You may eat less afterward. Studies show that many eat more after a high intensity work out vs. a lower intensity workout. Moderate exercise may also lessen food cravings.
6) Better sleep. Moderate exercise doesn’t keep you amped up as much when it’s time to sleep.
7) Moderate exercise improves blood sugar and insulin levels. As much as 50% in the following 24 hours.
8) Keeps you looking and feeling younger. Moderate intensity workouts have shown to lessen the effects of aging on our cells, effectively reducing the effects of aging on our bodies. And, really, who doesn’t want to feel and look younger?
Jogging, walking, lifting weights, swimming, cycling, yoga or pilates are some examples of moderate intensity exercises. But, if you prefer other types of exercise, that’s okay, too. In most cases, any exercise is better than none… 🙂
- Seven Reasons to do Moderate Intensity Workouts more often (livestrong.com)
- Sample Workout Routines from Livestrong.com! (rmmwellness.wordpress.com)