Health and Fitness Versus

Health and fitness workouts are vastly different from fat loss workouts. A fat loss workout requires alternating intensities, extremely high heart rates, and maximal exertion for best results. Health and fitness workouts, on the other hand, require increased endurance, decreased rest periods, and increased reliance on a steady cardiovascular demand throughout a workout. By understanding the difference between a health and fitness workout versus a fat loss workout, you will be able to improve your results in the gym ten fold.

Health and fitness workouts typically start off with steady-state cardio routines, meaning that you choose an appropriate heart rate and stay within five beats per minute of the desired heart rate throughout your cardio session. In doing so, you are asking of your heart a similar demand, despite alternating fatigue levels and intensities dictated by a machine. In this situation, you typically adjust your speed and intensity levels to allow your heart rate to remain steady, thereby teaching your body how to maintain intensity despite a changing environment. This same principle is used throughout your weight lifting routine by choosing lighter, more endurance-oriented exercises.

Fat loss workouts employ principles of alternating heart rates and/or intensities in order to ask your body to respond to extreme demands, repeatedly. By requiring alternating intensities, you are constantly shocking your body, and forcing it to adapt its energy requirements for any given movement. This adaptation results in a prolonged state of oxygen consumption following exercise. Oxygen consumption following exercise requires increased metabolic demand, leading to increased caloric need, and, as a result, fat loss.

Designing your workouts around specific goals, whether they are health and fitness or fat loss, is necessary to reap the results you seek. Exercising without a specific goal in mind is very much like choosing your clothes blind-folded: the chances are that you’re not going to look the way you had hoped. It’s important that you open your eyes.