When it comes to exercise, you might be struggling to figure out which is more important – quality or quantity of your workouts? No matter what age you are, both of these factors come into play when creating a fitness routine. Of course, as one might expect, quality exercise will always be better than a half-hearted workout. And some quantity of exercise is important to maintain general consistency that produces real and long-lasting results.
If you are starting a new exercise program, begin slowly and be as efficient as you can. Consistency (aka “quantity”) is important, but the quality of your workouts is crucial, especially in the beginning. As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life,” and this is especially true when it comes to designing your fitness routine. How each of these factors fit into your routine will depend on your specific fitness goals. Let’s dig a little deeper to see what this means to you!
Why Quality Exercise is Important
Quality exercise means a few things: first, it means to move well and exercise with proper form and technique. Take your time and focus on the movement you are performing. For example, when stretching, do not force or move the muscles too abruptly. Hold your stretch, relax, and ease into it. Keep your back flat, shoulders down, chest out and stomach pulled in to promote good posture. This will prevent injury, improve flexibility and increase mobility.
Second, quality exercise means putting your best effort into your workouts. You might feel lazy some days, thinking you can get away with having one foot in and one foot out of your workout session. Make sure you keep both feet in!
Third, more reps of a particular exercise or exercising more frequently isn’t always better. You want to be doing a variety of exercises that works the entire body and utilizes all of your muscles.
Why Quantity of Exercise is Important
While quality exercise is extremely important, quantity should have a place in your exercise routine as well. Without consistency, progress is difficult, if not impossible. Schedule regular workout sessions to build your fitness and ensure those results keep racking up.
Both quality and quantity complement each other. They are essential elements that need to be in everyone’s exercise program. So make sure to incorporate both and enjoy your workouts!
This article originally appeared in the Ventura Breeze.