Exercise doesn't have to be fancy to work, but many people get bored of the same old routine and/or want a quick fix. We are busy, so we may find ourselves looking for the next "best" way to exercise. We look for ways to get it done faster, yet yield the same or better results in less time. Programs with shorter exercise times that claim to yield the same or better results often end up being a much higher intensity workout. These can be beyond our capabilities, put us at a higher risk for injury, and are not sustainable.
For me personally, I struggle when I seek out complex workouts. It isn't intentional, but I get bored and want something to spice up my routine. Then my body revolts. Every time. My foot gets cranky or my SI joint in my back acts up. One of these days I will learn to stick with the basics. They work and they don't hurt me.
Good old-fashioned basic strength training doesn't have to be boring. My dad used to say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I think that can be applied to strength training. Why change what works? There are many benefits to sticking with the basics. Some of those include:
- Great for all fitness levels, beginners included
- Feeling energized after the workout
- Increased bone density
- Improved cardiovascular efficiency
- Increased metabolic efficiency
- Decreased body fat
- Increased lean muscle mass
The key is to keep exercise interesting - to keep it fun. A good trainer works hard programming each workout to make the exercises safe, yet pleasant, challenging, and fun. Additionally, these workouts can be scaled for all fitness levels from the beginner to the advanced. Add in a good playlist with some upbeat music and you are all set.