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By the time Week 8 rolls around, many of my clients already feel a sense of achievement. At this point my hope is that I have guided you to more mindfulness — whether it is just moving your body, replenishing water and nutrition or giving yourself permission to breathe and recover when you need it. What an act of love and respect to actually set aside time and put effort into healing, nurturing and creating the best you!
You’ve likely heard that interval training is effective for your body in many ways. The increases and decreases in heart rate make the body work harder and burn more calories per minute, and the increased energy output requires more fuel, which revs up your metabolism. In this phase you will also work on your explosive muscle strength, which the body needs but doesn’t get much of during steady-state exercises such as swimming, walking and regular strength training.
I am always urging you to find creative ways to fit some extra movement and activity into your day. But even I sometimes feel that phrases like “take the stairs instead of the elevator” or “park farther away in the parking lot” have been overused. Yet as I perused a past fitness section of The New York Times, I read an article titled “Great Workout, Forget the View” that once again validated the fact that every step counts. You don’t necessarily need to spend a bunch of money to get some exercise, just a good set of stairs and maybe a few friends.