The Most Valuable Exercise

If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life, what would you choose? As someone who’s obsessed with iron, you’d think I’d choose one of the big lifts or even the farmers walk. The one exercise I’d choose is the sprint. This is one of the most natural human movements. It’s in our DNA. Our ancestors had to sprint to run away from wild animals or to chase something.

Luckily for all of us who don’t have access to a gym, the option to sprint is still available. It’s a total body exercise that requires zero equipment. All you need is the proper clothes and open space. They’re fun too. Sprinting is like riding a roller coaster but you are the roller coaster. The reason sprints are the most valuable exercises is because they can help you in the different areas of fitness.

What’s Your Fitness Goal?

Do you want to burn fat? Sprinting is one of the best fat burning exercises you can do. It works every muscle in your body and will have your heart rate up for hours after. This means you’ll be burning calories even after your workout.

Do You want to build muscle? Sprinting stimulates your fast twitch muscles, the type responsible for muscle growth. I’ve never seen a sprinter without a decent amount of muscle. It’s also proven to increase muscle building hormones like HGH and testosterone.

Do you want to gain strength? Sprinting strengthens your nervous system which increases your strength gaining potential. This makes sense since strength is a function of the nervous system.

Even if you don’t have access to weights, you can still take advantage of all the fat burning, muscle gaining, and overall awesome benefits of sprinting. If you could only choose one exercise to do for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Below are some valuable resources in your sprint training:

The different ways I’ve used sprint training-Sprints, Sprints, and more Sprints

Outdoor workout that builds strong and muscular legs-Outdoor Leg Workout For The Ages!

The benefits of hill sprints-My Love For Hill Sprints

Study talking about how short sprints affect testosterone and human growth hormone- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19057403/

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Walk This Way To Burn Fat!

This post is about how fasted walking is a good way to lose fat.

Whenever I wanted to focus on fat loss, I’d add fasted walking to my workout arsenal. I enjoy fasted walking for fat loss because it’s not as strenuous as other fat loss exercises like sprinting or high intensity interval training. I originally learned about fasted walking on the YouTube page Strength Camp and have gotten great results from it.

The easiest way to implement fasted walking is by going for a walk first thing in the morning, before eating breakfast. You can still brush your teeth and handle other tasks. The key is walking with an empty stomach. The reason fasted walking is so efficient for fat loss is that your body only has fat to burn. Aerobic exercise like walking and jogging uses the carbs in your system as fuel. Once the carbs have been used up, your fat then gets used as fuel. In a fasted state, your body goes straight to burning fat since there’s no carbs to burn.

I wouldn’t recommend doing more intense forms of cardio on an empty stomach because it can leave you. I’ve even heard that doing more intense forms of cardio like jogging on an empty stomach can cause muscle loss. From my experience, I’ve been able to maintain muscle when adding fasted walking to my workout routine. I’ve also seen the usual benefits associated with regular walking like improved mood, mental clarity, and better blood flow.

All you have to do is go for a walk for 30 minutes to an hour to reap the benefits. If it means waking up earlier than you usually do, the fat loss and improved health are totally worth it.

What are your favorite fat loss methods?

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