Are you missing something in your training?

2024 – we have access to so much information on so many different platforms. It is a great thing as it helps all of us get answers to so many questions and new tips and tricks on different topics. Although, having this access helps answer a number of questions, sometimes too much information leaves you with even more questions than when you started. Do you have a well-rounded exercise routine? Or are you missing something?

Our team at Longevity Nexum want to sift through all this information and give you advice from the experts when it comes to exercise prescription.

Are you Resistance Training?

Resistance training is a form of exercise that involves exerting muscles against an external resistance to improve muscle strength, endurance, and size. This can be through free weights, resistance bands, body weight or machines.

This is crucial for building and maintaining muscle strength, enhancing bone density and boosting metabolism. This type of training will ensure that you delay the age-related decline in muscle strength and bone density. You will be supporting your joints and improving your functional strength, making everyday activities easer and reducing the risk of injuries.

The minimum physical activity guidelines are 2 days a week of resistance training in some capacity. These guidelines have been put into place to help Canadians live a healthy lifestyle and delay the onset of health conditions in the future. Keep in mind – that is the bare minimum… imagine you did more.

Are you Aerobic Training?

Aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming and brisk walking, focuses on improving your cardiovascular health. It enhances your heart and lung capacity, increases stamina and helps to manage weight. Aerobic exercises are also known to elevate mood, reduce stress, and improve mental health through the release of endorphins.

The higher your cardiovascular fitness is, the more efficient your body systems are working. Think about a 2-lane street during rush hour; bumper to bumper, high traffic, slow moving, congested. What would happen if you opened a third lane? Or even a fourth? More cars would flow into the open lane, decreasing the congestion and the flow would be faster. More efficient.

That is what happens when you increase your cardiovascular fitness. You are taking pressure off the lanes (arteries and veins) by adding new lanes (arteries and veins) or pathways. Why would you want your body to be working harder than it needs to be?

The minimum physical activity guidelines for aerobic training are 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. These minutes can be broken up throughout the week and day however works into your schedule. The most important thing is that you get it in.

Well Rounded Exercise Routine

By combining resistance and aerobic training, you can achieve a well-rounded routine that supports both muscular strength and cardiovascular health. This will help in maintaining overall health, increasing energy levels, and ensuring long-term well-being. Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle gain, or simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle, incorporating both types of training will lead to more effective and sustainable results.

Again, these are solely based on the minimum activity guidelines that have been put into place by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. Our team at Longevity Nexum want to help you achieve the minimum guidelines, while exceeding your personal goals specific to yourself.

If you feel like you, or someone you know is missing out on something in their training – send them our way! We are the experts when it comes to exercise prescription for your health. It is our job to take your health into our hands and provide you with the best outcome available.

Call us at 1-800-963-4409 or book online at Longevity Nexum

Written by Chelsey Torrance