This might be timely advice with many people jumping into a fitness routine as part of a new year’s resolution. Sometimes simple is better.
Bradley Stulberg shares some advice in a recent article in Outside Online. Here he talks about HIIT, high intensity interval training.
Take HIIT, for example. Though at the time it lacked the catchy name and acronym, the concept of performing short, extreme bursts of exercise followed by brief periods of rest was used by Sir Roger Bannister in 1954, when he became the first ever human to run a mile in under four minutes. The approach has been used ever since, helping countless other runners break the four-minute barrier. Regardless of what marketers want you to believe, HIIT is anything but a new trend.
Seems simple enough. The article also talks about focusing on what you want to be good at. If you want to run marathons, then focus on training that will get you there. Crossfit won’t make you a good marathon runner and a marathon runner may not be great at Crossfit.
The one thing this article skips over is motivation. Not everyone wants to be great at a certain activity, but rather wants to lose a few pounds and feel healthier. If that’s your goal then I think you should use whatever program will keep you motivated to continue.
What are your thoughts on simplicity in fitness?