The benefits of medium intensity over high intensity exercise
In the fitness industry today we are told that you must do high intensity training or heavy lifting in order to feel better and get in shape, and quite honestly, that is what I taught and believed myself for most of my adult life and fitness career. But today after much time and experience I no longer feel this is the only way! Let me explain why: When I got sick with fibromyalgia and fatigue, those types of workouts left me crashing for days afterwards. I knew that exercise was vital for my healing process, but most routines I found seemed to make me feel worse. So I resorted to doing easy stretching workouts and light walking, but those did not help me get back into shape and they really left me wanting something more! Since that time, after years of research and trial & error, I have designed my own routines that provided what I was looking for, and the results were AMAZING! Not only did I start to feel better, I even kept weight off easier than when I was doing high intensity workouts, because I was much less inflamed or in pain!
It was at this point I knew that I had stumbled on to something profound that needed to be shared!
Many people who pushed themselves to do strenuous workouts (especially when they were already tired) spiked their stress hormone, cortisol, too much, which contributed to their adrenals being overly taxed, which then led to increased fatigue, weight gain (especially belly fat), inflammation, and pain. Basically the type of exercising they were doing was more harmful than good.