The best-kept fitness secrets the opposite sex isn’t sharing, and how you can get the best of both worlds
When we venture into the world of health and fitness we all have our individual goals. These goals generally fall into one or more of three categories:
(1) To improve performance;
(2) To improve health; or,
(3) To improve image.
Having been involved in the health and fitness industry as a participant and professional for many years I have been able to observe the physical, social and psychological differences in how the different genders approach their exercise regimens.
– Appreciate good form – More inclined to push their limits
– Plan their routine very well – Have various forms of measurement
– Seek advice from experts – Have a physically active social network
– Include a variety of types of exercises – Embrace the sweat
– Are extremely adaptable – Use what they gain
If you’re a woman and want to get more out of your workout, take a page out of the male guide to working out:
– Don’t be afraid to push your limits, this is the stress that causes your body to adapt and improve;
– Measure everything. Seeing little improvements in your performance each week is an excellent motivator even if it is just going for a walk; and,
– Ignore the saying, “Men sweat and women glow”. Men sweat more than women, but women still sweat. It is a sign that you are increasing your body temperature and heart rate to a level where you are going to get some benefits. This is a good thing!
If you’re a man and want to get more out of your workout, take a page out of the female guide to working out:
– Get some variety. You will be surprised how much you will improve if you manage to squeeze something different into your routine. Try Pilates. Try yoga. Play a different sport;
– There is always someone who knows more than you, so don’t be afraid to seek the best advice to get the best results (I’m not talking about your best mate with the big guns);
– Technical strength is just as important as physical strength. Being able to hold your form under stress will produce far greater results than chasing weight and throwing your form out the window. Ask someone to help if you need it; and,
– Have a more adaptable routine. See an exercise physiologist to figure out what type of exercise best fits your lifestyle, work and goals.
Keep active, friends!
(Provided by our great partner, Tim Douge of Iridium)