Heading into the New Year with Resolutions on your mind may have you searching for a gym that you think is best for your goal(s). There is a lot of unconscious influencers in your decision to purchase a gym membership or hire a coach. High Intensity Interval Training known as HIIT is HUGE these days and like many others, you may be looking into a gym that offers a HIIT methodology like Orange Theory, F45, or the largest… CrossFit. You should ask these questions before making your New Year’s Resolution purchase.
Who are you?
Are you someone who needs to go from a standstill to 100mph in 5.8 seconds to give you the feeling of success or the notion that you are making progress?
If so, HIIT will give you the dose of cortisol and adrenaline you crave to keep you coming back for more. But, it will send you into the retaining wall at 100mph, and how you cope with that will depend on how resilient you were to stress initially.
Why is this?
When you’re going “all-out” for an extended period of time, which most of the methodologies above turn into, growth hormone, testosterone, endorphins, adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol, and aldosterone all increase. They increase because your body is perceiving the rapid oxygen demand, increasing body temperature and rapid energy demand as STRESS, the kind that would help you evade a mountain lion attack. If these workouts persist, the tax you’re collecting from your adrenals will eventually stop.
The problem is they’re addicting, but NOT more efficient than being generally more active and more aerobic.
Ask yourself: Do you want a sustainable fitness program designed with YOU in mind?
If you said yes, you’re probably someone who likes to play the long game… the game that keeps on getting better and better as you play it. What does this game look like?
- Sleep 7.5-8.5 hours a night.
- Hydrate 50-60% your body weight in ounces of filtered water every day.
- Chew your food 20-30x every bite in a peaceful setting.
- Eat quality protein – your body weight multiplied by 0.8-1.0 in grams every day.
- Eat quality fat.
- Eat quality Carbs to support your activity levels – your function.
- Walk 10,000 steps every day without your phone.
- Build an aerobic base.
- Get small doses of HIIT.
- Find your purpose and LIVE it.
Greater frequency of movement and adequate nourishment WILL see you success in all your goals. The difficult part is it’s not sexy or addicting. That’s why finding yourself a coach who will assess your lifestyle stressors, digestion, health, and physical ability AND help you align your life to your goals is KEY to long term sustained success in developing your true potential.