Benefits & Drawbacks To Intensity

For your gym's regulars, working intensity into any session is a given. Continuous improvement requires ongoing challenge. But for those who find it challenging just to engage in regular training, research published at finds benefits and drawbacks to intense workouts.

University of Alberta scientists recruited 128 healthy but physically inactive adults between the ages of 27 and 65. Half were told to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, using a pedometer to track their participation. The other half engaged in a more intense aerobic fitness program 4 times a week. Their effort was measured through heart rate monitors. At the end of 6 months, the intensity group lowered blood pressure and improved fitness levels more dramatically than the walkers.

True Strength Moment: Although the intensity group realized greater improvements than the everyday walkers, their participation rate was 77% compared to 92% for the walkers. Since both groups lost weight, shrunk their waist size and improved their resting heart rate, couch potatoes looking to make a lifestyle change might want to start out slow and work their way up the fitness ladder step by step.
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Jun 10, 2010
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