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Friday, July 16, 2021

Paige's Field Cardio Workout (Video)

I know some of you will see this as little more than an excuse to watch Paige jiggle, but this is actually a great alternative to just running. In fact, many fitness instructors would say this routine is superior to merely running.

The video is short because she's just demonstrating the exercises. I'll give you some ideas for adjusting the workout to your fitness level after the video. And I have to remind you that I'm not a doctor, and that you should consult a doctor before you begin any fitness program.

First, in case you are unfamiliar with the terms, a set means you do a number of repetitions of a single exercise. For example, you might do 5 pushups, take a few seconds to catch your breath, then do 5 more, catch a breath, and do 5 more. That would be 3 sets of 5 pushups.

Supersets are simply sets of multiple exercises. If you did 5 pushups followed by 10 squats, took a break and then repeated both exercises, that would be 2 supersets of pushups and squats.

In the video Paige is doing 4 supersets of two exercises, then doing 4 sets of two different exercises, and so on. To adjust to your fitness level, you can reduce the number of repetitions of each exercise within the supersets OR reduce the number of supersets OR BOTH. It's up to you.

You can also take a longer 'breath' between each set and/or superset. It's okay to be breathing deeply but you don't want to be gasping for breath.

As for the sprints, she is catching her breath after each individual sprint. You can reduce the number of sprints you run OR the length of the sprint OR BOTH. Again, up to you.

And remember, how often you exercise is really more important than how long you exercise. You don't necessarily have to exercise everyday -- the harder your workout, the more time you need to rest between workouts -- but you don't want to exercise two days in a row then take five off, then exercise for one day and take three off. You want to be exercising regularly. You may find that working out every other day works well for you, or maybe workout for two days then take one off. If you're doing it right, you shouldn't feel tired all the time.

Like I said, Paige's idea is a pretty good one. But let me repeat myself one last time: I'm not a doctor, and you should consult a doctor before you begin any fitness program.

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