In our second entry in this series, Dr. Boone discusses safe training, with a particular focus on intensity. When entering into an exercise program, we all need to be conscious of our intensity level relative to our fitness level. A daily exercise routine that gradually builds toward your goal is the best way to safely train your body for competition.
The opposite of this safe approach would be to exercise on an irregular basis, but to push yourself to maximum intensity. This can be dangerous, especially to older individuals, as maximum exertion can cause unsafe stress on your cardiovascular, respiratory, and other systems. The best exercise occurs at a 7 or 8 out of 10 on the intensity scale.
As race day approaches, make sure you have a thorough evaluation of your overall health as you push yourself to better your times.