How do Fit Points work? Estimation of Energy Expenditure

Exercising is the next vital factor to success in loses weight process. Every type of physical activity is also given a Fit Points value; in this way, you are rewarded for exercising. If you don’t know where to start, Weight Watchers program will help you to uncover many different ways to earn activity points. Things like walking the dog, dancing, housecleaning, playing golf, bowling, gardening and yard work will get you some extra points. And certainly, you shouldn’t forget to count your aerobics and weight lifting training.

Also, you can swap Fit Points for food if needed. Regular physical activity helps prevent many health issues, improves sleep quality, and makes you feel better. After your training session, you may find yourself more optimistic and less stressed. That’s because good workout stimulates the release of endorphins and others feel-good brain chemicals. Besides that, regular exercising can increase your confidence. So, if swapping works well for you, you can do it since these points are what you earn for being active. However, if you cannot reach the result you want, you should refuse from swapping.

Fit points calculation formula takes into account your weight, the duration, and intensity of your physical activity. Actually, the formula is pretty simple for understanding:

Fit Points weight in lbs duration in minutes intensity factor

The intensity factor of a particular form of physical activity varies between individuals. It depends on a people exercise experience and their current level of fitness.

In order to define the intensity factor of your workout just keep an eye on your breathing patterns and sweating. So, a low-intensity workout does not change your breathing pattern, and you are not sweating doing it. If you are not used to physical exercising, low-intensity training sessions are a right place to start. Yoga practice or simply stretching routine, as well as light walk, could be good examples of low-intensity exercise. Of course, each of these exercises might provide either low or moderate intensity training, depending on the pace that you use.

A moderate intensity workout makes your breathing deep and often, but you are not out of breath. It feels somewhat hard and results in a light sweating after about ten mins of training.

A high-intensity workout seems challenging; you develop a sweat after 3 to 5 minutes. The ‘talk test’ shows that you can’t say more than a few words at a time without pausing for breath. Examples of high-intensity exercise include fast swimming, strength workout with free weights and weight machines, or activities that use a weight of you own body – such as calisthenics, rock climbing, or heavy gardening.

You need to choose the type of training that suits your level of fitness. If you are not sure what your intensity factor should be, talk to your physician. If you are new to workout, start at a light intensity and gradually build up to a moderate intensity session.

The more intense and longer your physical activity, the more fat you burn. However, balance is still necessary. Overdoing of physical training will increase the risk of injury and overtraining. So, don’t push yourself too fast, too hard; just be realistic. Fitness is a lifetime marathon, not a sprint to a finish line. The basic rule here is “don’t give up.” You can change exercise, workout plan and intensity factor depending on the goal and mood, but physical activity must always be present in your life.

The benefits of ‘going beyond the comfort zone’ could be interesting for advanced fitness practitioners in order to increase their performance level. The point is not only to go somewhere but also to stay there, making discomfort zone your new comfort level. Human is a highly adaptive beast; we could adapt to some level of the discomfort too!

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