When I first started exercising at 180-age or below it required a massive shift from the “no pain no gain”.
One of the biggest things that I found was that exercise at this rate is really comfortable such that it is easy to still hold a conversation….but how could this be improving my fitness.
I felt refreshed
I felt great and not flogged and tired and at times a little snappy
I didn’t feel hungry
The best way to do this is to monitor your heart rate with a wireless heart rate monitor because it is so easy to exceed your aerobic max (180-age).
I use a Garmin Fenix 5s that has both a heart rate sensor in the watch as well as synchronizes with a chest strap sensor.
But I find the sensor in the watch on its own to be very inaccurate and avoid using it at all.
When I first started our exercising like this I found it very slow and hard to maintain at or below aerobic max.
But be patient give yourself time to adjust and you will reap the benefits over time.
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