Dynamic movement training
Dynamic Movement Training (DMT) improves muscle activation and boosts fat loss. What's not to love?
We all know that any form of exercise makes our hearts thud faster than usual. During this phase, more oxygen needs to get to your muscles from the small blood vessels. The lungs breathe deeper to ensure that the delivery runs smoothly (if only our online shopping worked just as well)!
In cases of cardio and aerobic exercise, it means that it's harder to complete a full workout without needing to rest because our body is in overdrive. If you are aiming for a longer workout, practice makes perfect – the more you work out in small or slow doses, the easier it is to lengthen the time for exercise so that you can complete a full 30 to 40-minute cardio sesh without stopping for a breather.
What is DMT?
"DMT basically combines strength training and cardio training into one and because of the energy, demanding movements actually deliver more results in less time," says Hale.
"We know from initial research that dynamic movement training improves muscle activation, is more energy demanding for 30% more accelerated fat loss and enhances how the body functions to improve performance at work, in life and in sport.
"In addition to physical benefits, there are significant emotional and mental health benefits of this type of training, positively contributing to your muscle, heart, and brain health."
Another effective way of improving heart health is long-distance jogging (yep, it's that simple.)
"LSD (long slow distance) cardio training means going for a five km or 10 km goal, compared to SS (steady state) cardio, which keeps the heart rate approximately 65 to 75 per cent, allowing you to complete a certain duration like 20 minutes or 30 minutes," says Hale.
Give it a burl... Join a DMT gym class that runs for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 45 minutes so you have fast access to equipment. If you prefer to work out on simpler terms, do a 20 to 30 minute jog at least three to four times a week. (It typically burns between 240 and 400 calories for a 68 kg person.)