This week on the Htet Tayza blog I want to confront and disprove a major fitness misconception – the idea that honing in on selective parts of your body is a good fitness regime! It isn’t!
A Health Body, a Healthy Mind
I truly follow the philosophy of ‘a health body, a healthy mind.’ It’s pretty much proven at this point that the physical effects of exercise can improve mental health. As a budding entrepreneur I need my mind fighting fit, and the sheer stress relief I get from a work out releases every last bit of tension I collect in the working week.
However I often find that people believe that they should only focus on their weaker areas and neglect other parts of their body. If someone’s trying to lose weight from their stomach, for example, they’ll focus on sit-ups but won’t do any walking because they’re legs are in good condition.
The Five Benefits of a Balanced Fitness Regime
This type of attitude wilfully neglects the fact that there are many fitness benefits that can only be found in a balanced training regime, and I’m going to prove my point with these top five:
1) Healthy Mind: Balanced exercise can literally improve mental health because it bolsters communication between the brain and the muscles.
2) Energy Levels: Have you ever done a hundred press-ups then walked away? Your arms ache for days. A balanced workout allows you to keep your body’s energy up by working just as hard, but not placing too much of the burden on one area of your body.
3) Switch It Up: If you focus on one exercise, once you’ve broken through the pain barrier, your body gets used to it. Then you have to up your workout for it to continue to be effective. Switch it up and keep your body guessing whilst burning calories as you go!
4) Stay Motivated: Let’s go back to the press ups. You do a hundred a day every day for a month and see how quickly you get bored, decide it isn’t working fast enough and simply give up. Your mind needs to stay engaged, and the new challenges of a different fitness technique will keep you committed to the cause!
5) Remember the Aesthetics: If you’re working out to improve your look, you need to remember that someone who trains their legs, for example, but not their chest or stomach, looks out of proportion. A balanced workout keeps the aesthetic in order
I think I’ve stated my case rather eloquently, Htet Tayza readers. You need to keep your workout balanced quite frankly because it’s more effective, and ultimately, because you’ll get far more out of it!