In my career I have met a lot of people who asked me on what they should focus on in order to become better athletes, or to lose more weight, or to achieve certain goals. Right away, I found the perfect answer: conditioning. You do not have to focus only on strength training, or running for miles, or a single physical activity. I believe that true conditioning comes from the heart, but it helps knowing how to vary your physical challenges and activities in order to become better, stronger, faster, more flexible and so on. I am now going to talk to you about conditioning, in its various forms, so you can start training like you should.
How cardio conditioning helps you with any kind of physical activity
Focusing only on the type of physical activity you are involved with is not a clever thing to do. If there is one thing I recommend to all my students is to never forget about the importance of cardio conditioning. This type of training helps you with strengthening your heart and it helps you with almost anything, from jogging to swimming and even weight lifting. Half an hour of cardio training every day or at least once every two days is necessary if you want to be able to run for longer periods of time, develop more endurance and so on.
Interval training is recommended for speedy recovery
If you are an athlete or you are often involved in competitive events, you may have noticed how you feel in top shape while you are competing, but you are almost always coming down hard once the event is over. This has to do with your recovery and it depends on you to be able to recover properly. Here is a hint on how to speed up your recovery times and how to avoid feeling so down after going through intensive and strenuous physical effort. Interval training is the most indicated for developing muscle fibers that react and recuperate faster. This type of training involves short bursts of intensive exercise that demand your heart to work at the maximum, followed by rest periods of time.
Muscle mass and strength
Having more muscle mass is great for all kinds of activities, even something as low impact as golfing. Muscles are much better at physical activity than anything else in your body. That is why strength training is highly recommended for anyone who practices a sport, no matter which one. Dumbbells are ideal for strength training, or you can add resistance bands to your cardio training.
More muscles are nice to have, but they should also be able to endure high levels of activity. This is achieved by including resistance training into your routine. Here is how you should go about this type of training. Using resistance bands or weights, you must exercise at about half of your capacity for half a minute, followed by a 15 second break, and repeating the same type of routine for at least half an hour. This way, you will send your muscles into the alert mode, so that they gradually develop ability to face challenges.
Develop reactive power
Your core is not called this way for no reason. A strong core is at the center of a strong, flexible body that can take on any kind of physical challenge. That is why I highly recommend core training, so you can develop more reactive power. The faster you can spin, bend or twist, without straining or even hurting your muscles, the better athlete you will be. For any kind of sport, core training is the kind of conditioning I recommend for achieving great results.