You may know how to train, but do you know how to train smart? It's easy to train hard, but it's actually much more difficult to train hard the right away. When it comes to smart and effective training, it's not about going all out. Over-training can lead to losing your best possible results. Hence, it's important to train smart.
Build Up Momentum
You need to train high and recover low. Sweat and suffer, but still give your body enough time to recover. This is what will make you train smart and hard. Start building up your momentum by reducing the quantity and increasing the quality of your training. This means less hours and more intervals of your fitness routine. Your body is only able to do things it has gone through in training, so start your training! If you have a result you want to reach, you need to slowly train your body to get to that level and use interval pushes to get closer to your goal.
Change Up Methods
Spending time on a single method is important to develop the necessary skills and become comfortable doing a workout. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean it's the only form of conditioning you should do. Once you master one skill, switch it up with other methods that still fit into your overall fitness goals. For example, indoor cycling is a great way to stay fit, as it gives you the physical strength needed for long road biking. Train smart by starting or finishing with indoor cycling, and then completing outdoor cycling. Get it?
Add Variety To Workouts
Moving on, you also need variety in your workouts in order to train smart. Therefore, spice up your regular fitness routine and mix it up a little. Your muscles are the most rested on the first day, so choose to use max power and get your heart rate up. Then, on the second day, work to build stamina with less-intense workouts. The next day should build up endurance, while being long and slow to give your muscles a break. This is how you train smart, so work this into your fitness routine and be sure you're not doing the same thing every single day.
Relate To Science
We promise that there is a science behind training smart. Fitness is more scientific and structures than you think. You measure your heart rate, count calories, weigh yourself, and keep track of the number of reps or intervals. Thus the last way to train smart is to take a scientific approach. Truly listen to your body, take into account all your features, and keep in mind your fitness goals. If you're feeling sore, you're training effectively. If you're feeling pain, you're over-training and need to relax. The more knowledge and science you have often yields better results and smarter training. This means that you can train more effectively and achieve your training goals quicker. How neat is that?