The Importance of a Training Plan

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You want to improve your fitness to get an extended life, better well-being, and reduce risk of chronic diseases.

Plus it will impress the ladies.

All you gotta do is exercise hard, as far as you can go, and you’ll get results.

Right?

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Bigger is not always better

Endurance athletes with small and lean bodies have higher life expectancy than bigger power athletes

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Mo Farah (left) runs longer. Usain Bolt (right) runs faster. Compare their body shape. Who is better?

Bigger is popular. It’s synonymous to growth, speed and winning. It leads legions of men, and women, to gyms and crossfit centers to increase muscles and chest size. Compared to endurance, strength training is naturally more sexy.

When compared to a sedentary lifestyle, strength training is indeed a good choice. Yet, it appears that endurance training leads to higher longevity.

A Finnish research shows endurance athletes (long distance running, cross country skiiing) had higher life expectancy (avg 75.6 years) than team sports athletes (avg 73.9) or power athletes (avg 71.9). All had higher life expectancy than sedentary population (avg 69.9).

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Improving health with Tabata workouts

A 4mn workout shows greater improvements in fitness than 1 hour jogging.

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We all should target 90 minutes of exercise every week.

What happens when life commitments get in the way? Kids, work or emergencies can make us postpone or cancel a workout.

If you often lack the time, you can still get the training benefit with only 4 minutes of exercise.

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Making sleep a priority

When improving wellness, better sleep should a priority vs nutrition, fitness programs or prescription

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Too often, the focus is on being more active, look into new diets or exotic holidays.

These would bring energy, improve strength or cure depression.

The cornerstone of a sustainable and healthy body is quality sleep.

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Get a day (or two) of rest

Do not skip rest in sustained work or training . Your performance and stamina will increase.

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It’s not an accident that most philosophes and religions incorporate rest.

On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work

God is not lazy and has more to do. It’s the same for most workers, mums, or serious athletes. We always have more emails to read. There are always interesting side-projects. Or another personal record to reach out to. It makes sense that working hard another day will get you there faster. Social pressure will encourage those who give it all. They are the heroes of modern times. Yet, is it beneficial?

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