What does conditioning really mean?
There are many different terms thrown around in the fitness industry.
The word 'Conditioning' is one of them. Conditioning essentially means to improve ones physical fitness, whether it be sport specific or to help achieve very specific goals.
Body conditioning refers to exercises that increase your strength, speed, endurance or any other physical attribute. Conditioning workouts can trim fat, increase muscle tone and prepare your body for the rigors of sports. Virtually every exercise you do at home or in the gym is a form of body conditioning, But by tailoring your own workout to fit your own specific goals will you get the most benefits out of it.
Examples of body Conditioning:
For example, when preparing for a marathon. You should take into consideration all of your weak links and proceed to work on them, in order to put yourself in the best possible position to run the race injury free and compete for the best time.
Running more either on a treadmill or outside will make you a better runner
but you do pose the risk of getting injured due to the repetitive motion and high impact. and this is exactly why conditioning is so key.
Whether that be Strength training to reduce your injury risk by correcting muscle imbalances and improving muscle activation. or using Yoga or Pilates to help improve both your mobility and flexibility and also your mental.
Connecting your mind to your body will create a greater body awareness, which will help you learn when to push yourself or more importantly when to take your foot off the gas and let the body recover.
Another example is trying to Recondition after an injury setback. Which is as tough mentally as it is physically and is why mapping out a conditioning programme for recovery will give you short, medium and long term goals that feel achievable and will continue to stimulate your mental (health) as well as improving your physical fitness.
Examples of NUTRITIONAL CONDITIONING:
Putting your body in the best condition possible you have to make sure that your diet is compatible with your style of training. Making sure to fuel your body, in order to get the appropriate energy systems active for your workout programme.
For example, High-intensity training is more carbohydrate dependent because of it's reliance of using readily available fuel fast. Aerobic or endurance activity, on the other hand, is going to require more metabolic flexibility. Which means your body can switch back and forth between fuel sources to maintain performance over a longer duration.
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