Checklist for exercising. I have 3 things that I like to keep in mind when it comes to exercise.
First and foremost, are you doing the exercise properly? There are certain factors that may limit your ability to execute a exercise properly. Limited range of motion, injury, or age. One exercise can be done multiple ways. For example, a lunge. A young athlete with no limitation can do a jump lunge for high repetition and speed. On the other hand, I would do a assisted lunge for a senior client using either a TRX or a rail. Not everybody will execute the exercise the same way, it is the matter of making sure it is of the best of that client’s ability.
Secondly, is it challenging? There are many ways to achieve this and they are repetition, tempo, duration, and resistance. If either one of these components are not challenged, then the exercise is easy. As a personal trainer, my job is to challenge people beyond their limits. So ask yourself when exercising, are you being challenged?
Lastly, (this is a big one for me) do you enjoy it? There is a great book about this topic I have been reading and I will reference it at the bottom. If you want something to last and this doesn’t have to be just pertaining to exercise, you have to enjoy it. Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog. Stay tuned for more next Wed……………………..Kei
Do you have any other fitness-related books you read? Leave a comment below!
Segar, Michelle (2015). No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. New York, NY: AMACOM.