We believe that variety is key to a balanced Extended Conditioning* practice. Focusing on any one kind of movement/activity/exercise/sport will have a limiting effect on your overall performance and well-being … it can even compromise your health, functionality, and longevity. Many of the pain and chronic injuries that we experience are due to highly specialized movement and overuse. Start changing your mindset about conditioning activities by considering the FITT Principle: Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type.
Frequency refers to the number of days in your workout routine … ideally you want to do some form of movement every day.
Intensity is an indicator of how much effort you’re putting into your workout … what is your perceived exertion and is it safe in the long-run?
Time is the duration of each workout session … always pay attention to how you feel. A 20 minute routine can be as effective as a longer workout if you are connected to the “right work” and working out “well”. As a general rule, when the intensity is higher, the time will be lower, and vice versa.
Type refers to the specific workout activity … running, lifting weights, off-road-speed-play, power walking, dancing, yoga etc. Not all workouts are created equal … always focus on a healthy combination of activities.
Learn about conditioning principles, movement options, and their benefits … diversify your activities! You will not only build your own custom healthy Extended Conditioning program, but you will be boosting your Braintelligence. Please add and change your activities slowly to avoid injury and trust that you will always be your own best expert.
Regardless of your age or stage in life, applying the FITT Principle to your workouts will help you increase your stamina and endurance in all of your physical activities and offer you the multi-dimensional program you need.
*Extended Conditioning is The Akira Concept’s term for Cardiovascular and Muscular Endurance Training … you will find an entire section devoted to this in The Akira State Workbook.