“Train smarter, not harder” is advice most of you have heard, but what does it really mean? Does it contradict the old saying “no pain, no gain?” Is more really better? A physically challenging exercise routine can be rewarding and exhilarating, but over-training can be draining and exhausting on both the body and the mind. All workouts should have a purpose! Achieving a fitness goal often requires athletes or gym rats to “train harder.” So what exactly does “harder” mean…frequency or intensity? Training too often can lead to burn-out or injury, but increasing the intensity over time can lead to amazing results. The moral of the story is quality over quantity. Be “smart” by selecting quality workouts that will keep exercising fresh, challenging, and keep your body full of endorphins.
The concept of “train smarter, not harder” is now starting to make sense. Choose cross-training exercises that push fitness goals and objectives to the forefront. Here are a few “train smarter” tips to keep you motivated and keep the endorphins high! First, allow yourself some recovery time to encourage muscles to repair and restore. If you are training correctly, workouts should be intense, difficult, and “hard enough” that you will want to give yourself that recovery time. Second, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! That means drink plenty of water with minimal sports performance beverages. Third, cross-train. Keep exercises balanced with a blend of cardio, strength, flexibility, and sport specific skills for overall health, fitness and sports performance. It’s good for the body and good for the soul! A Smart Pak is a handy, portable package of gear that enables you to take variety of cross-training equipment with you wherever you go. Lastly, listen to your body and follow its advice. Training is all about working with your body in its present state. It can vary from day to day or week to week.
Exercising or training with a plan that emphasizes the importance of quality versus quantity is critical to protecting your body and achieving your fitness and health goals. Keep these tips in mind and put them into practice…..now that’s really “smart.”