Exercise is important to get the body pulsating and the central and autonomic nervous systems flowing. If done well, a regular exercise routine need not be time consuming nor monotonous. One of the most efficient ways to optimize your workout routine is with the guidelines provided by Slow Burn for fat burning and strength building and PACE for increased heart strength and lung power.
Slow Burn involves minimal repetitions at a snail pace to optimize the amount of work you do and minimize your reliance on momentum. The goal is to reach muscle fatigue as quickly as possible, minimizing wear and tear on the body. When done correctly, only 30 minutes of exercise a week is required. It is a form of strength training that is performed in a “circuit,” high intensity fashion. The result is that this form of weight lifting can improve cardiovascular health without supplemental aerobic activity. Moreover, the slow, steady movement makes it particularly advisable to seniors or other potentially fragile groups because it does not strain the body unnecessary. The slow pace also minimizes the “strength” we derive from momentum so that our cardiovascular system gets an more rigorous workout and we achieve the deepest the point of muscle fatigue faster, which accelerates the rate at which we build muscle.
With PACE, you intersperse short, intense bursts of exercise with periods of rest, amounting to about 12 minutes of high intensity exercise a day. The problem with sustained and frequent aerobic exercise is that it activates “death” chemicals in the body. Our ancient ancestors never ran for mile after mile without rest or recovery, their exercise was primarily hunting, or running from the hunter. This consisted of short bursts of exertion, followed by periods of rest. Anyone who would have had to run for extended periods of time were not high on the evolutionary totem pole. Nature interprets continuous and frequent intense “running” as danger and the sympathetic nervous system reactions that are activated in case of danger, if prolonged, are themselves damaging and wearing on our organism. PACE is an exercise program modeled after the evolutionarily successful: it involves short bursts of speed, followed by a period of rest. In this way it promotes strong cardiovascular health, insuring that oxygen is transmitted throughout the body, without activating the damaging hormones released through sustained, rigorous exercise.