Who doesn’t like control? More specifically, self-control. Take the words of novelist Paulo Coelho: “If you conquer the mind, you conquer yourself.” When it comes to fitness, people have the misconception that repetition is the best way to go. A workout done correctly and with proper control will reap far more benefits than one done with many repetitions but in the wrong form. Having control in your movements helps to minimise occurrences of injury. And the fewer injuries you encounter the easier it will be to stay consistent.
That is why you find many trainers throwing the word ‘form’ around.
When performing a workout, make a cognitive connection with what it is you are doing and how you are moving your body. For example, as you go through the shifts, you can count each shift and that way can assist in breathing. Controlling your breath is a vital part of the workout.
For this instalment of Mo Fitness, instead of counting how many repetitions are done, the emphasis will be on controlled form. You will need only a chair and a timer. Set your interval timer to 60 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest. With this done, aim for six rounds done over two cycles, with 60 seconds of recovery in between the cycles. Once completed you would have spent 16 minutes and 40 seconds on the actual workout. But don’t forget to warm up and cool down.
Given the time constraints, we can’t all work out for hours. But spending less than 30 minutes on exercise three times a week will yield benefits plus a balanced diet. So for all those interested in being in full self-control mode, here are six workouts you can try. Take your time with this workout and enjoy it:
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