Unit 6 Exercise Principles

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There are six different exercise principles that everyone must know and understand, which are overload, progression, specificity, individual differences, use/disuse, and adaptability. Consequently, overload happens when increased demands are made upon the body. One must increase fitness levels one must do what one is accustomed to. There are also four ways to overload, which are frequency, intensity, time, and type. Frequency refers to how often one exercise, intensity refers to how hard one exercise, time refers to how long one exercise, and type refers to the type of exercise that is performed. However, progression is the gradual increase in exercise or activity over a period of time. Specificity is the improvements in the various fitness …show more content…
Additionally, use/disuse is when one is exercising, one either uses his or her muscles or does not. Adaptability is the body’s ability to adjust to increased or decreased physical demands. Each of these six exercise principles are important and must be known. Whereas one explaining the six different exercise principles is great to know, one must apply each exercise principle to fully understand them. I am applying the principle of overload in my cardio workouts by adding 2 minutes to my jog time each week because the more time I add to my job, the more I will become more prone to increase my jog time. I am only able to do 12 solid minutes of jogging before I become exhausted and my goal is to jog a solid 14 minutes without taking breaks by the time I complete this course. Additionally, I am applying the principle of progression to my strength workouts by adding 5 push-ups each …show more content…
I always warm-up before I do any form of exercise for about 5 minutes, whether it be cardio or strength. My warm-ups consist of a light quick walk around my house and stretches that include touching my toes, planks, or windmills. I learned a long time ago that if one does not stretch properly, one can easily hurt oneself like break a bone. Next, I start the conditioning phase for about 15 minutes, which consists of either jogging around the neighborhood if weather permits or jogging in place if the weather is not favorably and butt kickers. I find that I cannot easily jog as fast and long as I use to, thus I jog more and more to increase my chances of jogging faster and longer. Butt kickers because it is actually quite fun to do butt kickers and I really like that I can actually kick my own butt. After I finishing the conditioning phase, I begin the cooling down that lasts about 5 minutes. My cooling down consists of walking around the house or neighborhood depending on the weather and stretching doing toe touching and planks. I like walking and stretching very much because it allows me to relax and clear my mind that it prepares to take on the next challenge coming my way. Nonetheless, this is how I normally conduct my workouts using the 3 parts of a workout

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