Low Intensity Training is Key for Healthier Living
Updated: Jan 12
The primary role of the circulatory system is to deliver oxygen throughout the body and eliminate waste. However, when circulation is poor, your blood doesn't flow as vigorously. Symptoms may include fluid retention, bloating and lack of energy. The good news is that if you are dealing with poor circulation, one of the easiest ways to get your blood pumping optimally again is by exercising! In particular, low intensity aerobic training improves circulation and is fundamental for overall health and fitness.
MAF: MAXIMUM AEROBIC FUNCTION
MAF means maximum aerobic function and refers to the body's ability to burn fat for energy. Our aerobic system is where most fat-burning occurs, especially in our slow-twitch muscle fibers. These non-fatiguing endurance muscles support joints, bones and ligaments, promote efficient posture and movement, prevent injuries, and are vital
sources of circulation and antioxidant protection. MAF is obtained via low intensity cardio which is performed at 60 to 80 % of your maximum heart rate. At this level of intensity you can sustain the workout for longer periods and build endurance with time.
It is commonly known that the higher the heart rate equals more calories burnt. However, you’re burning more carbohydrates than fat for energy because the body cannot burn fat fast enough. By using a heart rate monitor during a workout, you can adjust your energy output to match your heart rate to the best level to burn fat. Whether you’re an elite athlete or total beginner, a heart rate monitor can be a very helpful training tool to make the most out of your exercise.
Any workout can become anaerobic if the intensity becomes too high. When you’ve finished your workout, you should feel energized — not tired/sore/about to collapse. There shouldn't be any cravings for sugar or other carbohydrates: aerobic workouts program your body to burn stored fat, not sugar. Craving sugar during or after a workout may indicate it’s anaerobic. Optimal nutrition and building the aerobic system through low intensity workouts is essentially the Hypoxi method in a nutshell. If you’re not getting the benefits you want from working out, it’s possible that your aerobic system is not being properly developed.