GETTING 10K STEPS PER DAY🚶🏽♀️🚶🏽♀️🚶🏽♀️// I got so so many messages from all of you about my strength journey saying how inspired you are to start your own. YAY! That makes me so happy, and it's why I share what I do. .
To tell you the truth I get tons of questions about what types of training to do. You know I love resistance training, which can be super intense, but I also walk all the time. Yoga, too. Making the effort to get 10k steps/day has made a remarkable difference for my body & mind. .
You wouldn't think it, right? We've been conditioned to think that in order to get healthier, we need to go HARD for a long time. If we're not dripping sweat and/or almost dead, it isn't worth doing. I thought this, too. I was doing hard cardio most days and a little bit of weights, and then wondered why I never built muscle or felt better. It's cause we need some balance.
As humans, we were actually designed for:
- SHORT bursts of intensity
and - LONG periods of leisure activity
We need a combo of both. So if you're lifting intensely, it's best to balance it with a large dose of walking. And I know initially it might sound counterproductive, but here's why.
If we go too hard for too long, it jacks up our cortisol (stress hormone), revvs up our hunger (ever been ravenous all day after doing a ton of cardio?), and eventually puts us in such a state of stress that the body begins to store fat. It might be the reason why those constant intense workouts don't do much for all the effort. And if they do, their effects are unlikely to be sustainable.
So lift with passion, yes, maybe do HIIT workouts a few times per week, and then walk walk walk - your body, your hormones, your appetite, your stress level, and your mind will thank you.