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Time and Type – the FITT Theory – Part 3
February 16, 2008, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Basics

In the two previous installments we looked at the Frequency and Intensity elements of the FITT theory, the two final elements are Time and Type.

Time: It is recommended that we dedicate an hour each day to doing physical activity. The great thing is that it doesn’t have to be a continuous hour; it can be broken up into smaller sessions through out the day. For example, you could take the dog for a brisk fifteen minute walk in the morning, do twenty minutes on the treadmill at the gym during your lunch hour and then a half hour of curling in the evening and you would have easily made up your hour of daily activity.  Or if you wanted you could drop by Riverside Fitness at a time when one of your favorite TV programs was on.  You could spend an hour on the cardio equipment while watching TV, breaking up your work out by doing 20 minutes on the bike, 20 on the treadmill and 20 on the cross-trainer, causing the hour to simply fly by.

Type:  The type of exercises that you choose should match your goals.  If you simply want to maintain or slightly improve your all over fitness, then any activity would be great from walking to down hill skiing.  However, if you have more specific goals you will need to engage in more specific activities.  If you want to bulk up you weight train using very low reps, if you want to get lean, you should train with higher reps. If you want to improve your cardiovascular health or lose weight you should do prolonged cardio sessions at a specific intensity (heart rate).  If you want to improve your core or your balance, then you should incorporate an exercise ball into your workouts.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the knowledgeable staff at Riverside Fitness.


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Good ideas. It is great that you say exercise everyday and that you should do what feels good. Sometimes, going to the gym is hard but going for a walk feels good.

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