Is it Important to Time Your Workouts?

One of the most often overlooked elements in an exercise program, is time. Recording the length of your exercise or time spent at the gym will ensure you’re working out for the right amount of time, without overdoing it. By timing how long you have been at the gym, you can make sure that you are keeping yourself accountable and not spending too much time on your phone or chatting.

Spending Long Hours at the gym every day May Actually Set You Back

When working through a tough workout, particularly when you’re focusing on building your strength, your body needs downtime to rest and rebuild. In fact, a tough workout can cause the immune system to be down for as long as 72 hours. Strength training causes micro tears in the muscle tissue that when repaired makes them stronger. If you don’t give your body that day or two rest between sessions, it can’t repair itself.

Time is a tool

Stopwatches have been a standard athletic tool for timing activities such as running, to assist with keeping a pace. This can be the difference between a 40-minute fat-burning session or a personal best run. Time can be a goal and these tools give essential feedback.

Circuit training has become popular in the fitness space, as a way of combining strength and aerobic exercise for positive impacts on stamina, endurance, and cardiovascular health. Using timed intervals in between sets of an exercise to bring this combination of benefits into effect.

Include the time of day you exercise.

With regards to the ongoing debate on if it’s better to work out in the morning, afternoon or evening. Sadly, there’s no clear answer. Your hormone levels could be higher in the morning, so you’ll burn more fat while getting your exercise done early. An afternoon workout ensures you have more energy than you did in the morning and can boost your energy levels throughout the afternoon. Working out in the evening can burn off the hormones of stress and help you to wind down for the night. The answer is to do what suits you and fits your needs but do it consistently.

• Although the amount of time you spend is important, so is the intensity. A HIIT—high-intensity interval training workout is shorter but provides the same benefits as a longer steady-state workout. The more intense the workout, the shorter it should be.

• If you’re timing your workout, only count the amount of time you’re exercising. Track each exercise and tally the number of minutes. You’ll be surprised at how little time you spend exercising.

• If you work out too much, you could be hurting your efforts. Overworking your body can lead to loss of muscle mass and cause you to be burnt out.

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Billie Harrison

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