Is It Possible To Stay In Shape If You Hate Hard Workouts?

There is no arguing that moving our bodies feels great. We were built to move and be active but not everyone is a fan of super intense, hard workouts. If you hate feeling like your lungs and heart are going to explode, you may be wondering if your preferred lower intensity workouts (like yoga) are even helping at all. You aren't alone in your concerns and Shape Magazine turned to Daniel V. Vigil, MD, a professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and Felicia Stoler, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist, looking for answers. Right away, both experts were quick to point out the benefits of doing activities like yoga. Yoga can increase strength but there is also "better energy, confidence, and other clear mental benefits,” Vigil says. While doing low-intensity workouts are certainly better than doing nothing, you may be missing out on heart boosting benefits that come with upping the intensity.  “You’re not working on your cardiorespiratory system,” Stoler explains. “Lower heart rate, better blood glucose levels, lower cholesterol, stronger bone density, and the maintenance of muscle mass,” are just a few benefits you will experience. This may not be comforting news to you if you find cardio leaves you wishing your life would end. If working out intensely is so good for you, why does it make you feel so terrible? Vigil credits 'metabolic pain.' "What that means is, when you're working really hard, you hit your lactate threshold, or the the point when the lactic acid in your muscles starts to burn," he explains. It means you muscles are changing and the workout is working. “When it builds to a high level, it’s unpleasant,” Vigil admits. That is putting it mildly. [bctt tweet="Is It Possible To Stay In Shape If You Hate Hard Workouts?"] The trick is to learn to love, or at the very least, work through that burn. “Some people just feel so uncomfortable, so out of breath, because they’re so unconditioned,” Stoler says. But, the good news is, that can change. "The most morbidly obese person can still learn to run. The wonderful thing about the human body is that it can adapt. It can learn,” she says. In order to help your endurance, you should be hitting the gym 3 to 4 and a half hours a week. So, if you are looking to get over your disdain of high-intensity, you can totally do it. Keep this in mind, “You should be working so hard that you can’t keep a conversation with your workout partner, but easy enough you can contribute short sentences,” Vigil says. If you can't speak, feel lightheaded, or have a heart that feels like it might be about to beat through your chest, you've gone too hard. What do you think? Is it time to love cardio? For over 80 hours of workouts that combine cardio and strength training, check out SweatFlix℠! With workouts to suit all experience levels and interests, you'll never hate working out again! Can you relate? Source: Shape  

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