Whether you've just found the inspiration to start exercising or you just want to change up your routine, the sheer volume of fitness advice and training programs at your disposal can be overwhelming. How do you know if a workout is right for your fitness level or if it will really help you achieve your goals? Is the plan aimed at weight loss, toning, marathon training, building strength, or just to maintain fitness levels? These are important questions to answer before you start any new routine, which is why you need become familiar with the FITT principle. Here, fitness expert Jamie Press, of Orbit Fitness, breaks it down.
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Frequency: Weight loss requires a training routine that will help you to burn off excess calories that are ingested each day. Depending on your goal, it may be necessary to exercise anywhere from three to six times per week, but a good rule of thumb is four weekly workouts.
Intensity: High-intensity cardiovascular workouts are great for fat loss. Try to keep your heart rate in the higher section of the target heart rate zone (60 to 70% of your max), and for best results, pair your cardio with some resistance training to tone up problem areas.
Type: As mentioned above, weight loss requires a focus on cardiovascular exercises like running and cycling, with support from resistance training such as planks and squats—also great for burning calories and toning problem areas.
Time: This will depend on your fitness level and the intensity of your workout. You should aim to increase the time and intensity of your workouts as your fitness levels rise.