I was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. Not paying close attention, I got behind the lady unloading a massive amount of groceries from the double wide family cart. With someone in line behind me, I had no choice but to wait it out. To fill the time, I started thumbing through an exercise magazine off the rack beside me. There was a very fit celebrity on the cover touting their exercise routine. Intrigued, I flipped to the page where the celebrity mapped out their “killer” workout routine. What I found was an exercise program that was more fictitious and overblown than any character this action hero had ever played. Lift weights 6 days a week? 20 exercises in a workout? Cardio for an hour and half every day? Heck, I thought I was reading what Navy Seals do during “Hell Week” to get 75% of the guys to quit and go home.
The truth is, there is a lot more misinformation regarding exercise available than quality advice. It is hard to decipher what to believe when we are inundated with so much information from magazines, infomercials, YouTube videos, Tweets, Facebook posts, internet exercise challenges, and the list goes on and on. To help you on wade through the plethora of unrealistic workout routines and advice, I will be writing a series of articles addressing the principles of a Well Rounded Approach To Exercise. My goal is to equip you with a basic understanding of everything you need to incorporate into a workout program that will allow your body to function at its optimum level while reducing the risk of injury. During this series I will discuss the proper ways to incorporate mobility/stability exercises, resistance training, cardiovascular training, and recovery into a complete and complimentary workout regime. I also plan to fill you in on the science behind these exercise modalities so that you not only understand how, but why they are all important. I look forward to taking this exciting journey together! Stay tuned for the next installment!