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What Are the Benefits of Continuous Training?

People training for marathons must run for extended periods of time.
During interval training, runners sprint for short bursts.
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The benefits of continuous training include loss of body fat, stronger heart muscles, and higher energy levels. Athletes take advantage of this form of training to prepare for sport competitions and other events, but ordinary individuals can often experience health benefits as well. For example, the loss of body fat can help individuals shed unwanted pounds. Muscle building and toning also helps to maintain a desired body weight and metabolizes fat. While there are many benefits, it’s often noted that this exercise method can lead to mental exhaustion, muscle spasms, and chronic headaches.

Continuous training refers to non-stop physical activity for a specific duration. It’s a style of training often used by some athletes, such as runners who are training for a marathon. Interval training is the opposite, where the individual takes several breaks during the workout. For example, an individual may sprint for 1,000 meters and slow down to a jog for another 1,000 meters, and so on. If that individual were engaged in continuous training, she would try to push herself to sprint the entire 2,000 meters without stopping or jog non-stop for at least 20 minutes.

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To gain the benefits of stronger heart muscles, an individual would have to work out continuously at a certain percent of his maximum heart rate and for a specified duration based on that percent. For example, a jogger could run for 60 minutes at 60% of his maximum heart rate or up to five minutes at 95% his maximum heart rate. This forces the heart muscle to work hard, and it often results in a stronger one as a result. The same is true for other muscles in the body. Swimming more laps, for example, will help to build and strengthen muscles by pushing those muscles to work harder for a longer period.

An increase in energy level is one of the outcomes of continuous training. The reason is that it provides aerobic benefits, which leads to endurance. Individuals experience more energy to complete tasks when they are not working out and often find that they are more productive as well.

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julies
Post 5

Some people find this a strange concept, but I have been able to control my chronic headaches with continuous running. I know that for some, exercise can bring on a headache, but for me the opposite happens.

Most of my headaches are caused by tension and stress and one way of relieving this is by running. If I start out on a run with a headache, usually by the time I am done, the headache is gone. When I am running, I am not thinking about all the things that bring on the stress.

It may sound crazy, but running gives my mind and body a chance to rest and the tension that is bringing on the headaches eases away.

Mykol
Post 4

I do better with interval training than I do with continuous training. I find it more challenging to push myself for a few minutes, knowing I can soon take it down a notch. After a few minutes of rest, I am ready to get back to the high intensity interval training again.

I know that studies have been done on the advantages and disadvantages of both types of training, but I think it comes down to a personal preference. As long as you are making the effort to incorporate exercise in your regular routine, you know you are going to benefit no matter what.

John57
Post 3

There are many things I like about aerobic training, but one of them is when I feel the endorphins kick in and I get that overall good feeling. Many studies have shown this type of activity is more beneficial than medication at helping people who struggle with anxiety and depression.

Not only am I benefiting emotionally from continuous training, but physically as well. I like to set small goals for myself and work hard to reach them. Once I feel like a 3 mile run is not very challenging anymore, I will increase it to 4 miles.

As I continue to get stronger and faster, I like to keep increasing my goals so my body continues to work harder and doesn't get too comfortable where it is at.

bagley79
Post 2

I really have noticed a difference in my energy level since focusing on continuous training. Some might think the opposite would happen since the training can be quite challenging, but I find that I am more energized. This energy tends to stay with me through the day and gives me a feeling of confidence and accomplishment.

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