6 myths about well balanced workout routines

Properly developed workout routines

A big portion in obtaining an optimal happy & healthy lifestyle is properly developed exercise workout routines for each patient. In developing this program I often suggest a professional to help determine which types of exercise are best for you. They will also help you determine how much and when each specific exercise should be done. I hope these tips help you in seeking workout routines which are best for you.

6 Busting fitness myths-

  1. Delayed onset muscle soreness should be restedNo, actually recent research has shown that with proper stretching and movement the soreness is reduced faster than those who rested. Stretching and light exercise has shown to give the same relief as a massage.
  2. Ignoring pain is okay when performing workout routines. You should never ignore what your body is trying to tell you. You need to develop the ability to know the difference between soreness or muscle tension and sharp/stabbing/aching pains. Pushing through pains through exercise can lead to severe injuries.  This often happens when doing an exercise incorrectly.
  3. Stay within your comfort zone. You should always challenge yourself and add variety to your workouts; it is easier to do so with a personal trainer checking form and technique. When your exercise is becoming easy to complete you need to change something up, keep challenging your body.
  4. Machine hopping or not having planned workout routines. Tom Holland, an exercise physiologist quoted “you need to develop a sound strength base before you can build on it. Jumping around to various machines that are targeting different muscles doesn’t allow for that.” Holland suggests you maintain a certain amount of consistency to start with for 4-6 weeks then once you have developed the strength you can have more freedom.
  5. Avoid strength training. Many people, especially women avoid strength training due to not wanting to “bulk up”. Weight bearing exercise is important especially for women who suffer from osteoporosis. They have the ability to reverse the brittle bones and also has brain-boosting side effects which can help with age related dementia.
  6. No warm up or stretching is required. Warming up and stretching are most definitely required when performing a exercise routine that gets you in your appropriate heart rate. A warm up should last anywhere between 3-5minutes and stretching is best done after strength training or cardio for approximately 5-10 minutes.

3 Easy ways to improve your workout routines

  1. Use an App on your smart phone in order to track your progress. If you don’t have a smart phone a good old notebook and stopwatch work great!
  2. Develop a motivating playlist. Having the right music can make or break your workout routines.
  3. Allow your body to recover. People can exercise too much, recovery is vital to your body’s natural way to repair and remodel the muscles; you need to leave appropriate time to do so.

In conclusion your workout routines need to consist of a well balanced work out. Try to include all aspects of fitness. This includes interval or anaerobic training, strength training, core stability exercises, and stretching.

If you have specific questions about specific workout routines, or which exercise may be best for you, please enter them in the Comments box below. 


Dr. Lori Nuzzi

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