The F.I.T.T. Principle

The more you do something, the easier it becomes. It’s true for everything from drawing, to doing math problems, to baking cookies. The same is true for working out. Think about it, those push ups become a lot easier didn’t they? The bad news though, is you burn fewer calories the more you do the same workout. Meaning you have to switch up your workout routine pretty often.

So how do you choose your new workout? The biggest principle to think about it F.I.T.T. Frequency, Intensity, Type, and Time.

Frequency is how often you do the exercise. For cardio training, you should aim for 4-6 sessions per week. For strength training, you should try and aim for 3-4 sessions per week.

Intensity is how hard you go. Typically, you’ll want to switch up your workouts between high intensity and low intensity. For cardio training you’ll want to try and and reach a target heart rate depending on your size and physicality, because I’m not pretending to even be an expert in exercise I won’t try and guess at what that should be, there are way more qualified people out there. For strength training, intensity all depends on the weight/resistance you’re using. And remember, what someone considers low intensity could be someone else's high intensity, it’s all good!  

Type is what kind of workout you do. For cardio training, you could switch up regular running with dancing, cycling,  or swimming. For strength training, try doing HIIT training or switching up the target muscle group. You should also switch up your routine by sometimes doing cardio and others doing strength training.

Time is how long you do something. For cardio and strength training, the minimum you’ll want to do is 20-30 minutes, so make sure you’ll workouts last until you hit that 20 minute mark.

So, here you have it. The F.I.T.T. Principle of working out. Hopefully this will help you change up your workout routines and make them more effective! Let me know what you think in the comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!



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