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Rest is just as important as the workout toward reaching your fitness goals.
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A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The same is true with your workout routine. You cannot do the same workout day after day and expect different results. The Insanity workout program is an intense exercise routine designed for weight loss, strength-improving, endurance-building benefits. It is an at-home, 60-day, DVD workout routine that uses challenging movements to keep you exercising at maximum capacity. You see results from the workout, but may also experience fatigue. To combat your weakness, recovery periods are as important as the workout itself.1.
Follow the DVDs in order so your lower body recovers on days you exercise your upper body and so you perform cardio exercise on days following strengthening workouts.2.
Always perform a full-body warm-up between five and 10 minutes before you do the Insanity workout. Do rhythmic movements such as walking, marching in place, lifting knees or stair climbing to prepare your muscles for the session.3.
Avoid other training activities throughout the day to give your body 24 hours of recovery in between workouts.4.
Perform additional stretches for your large muscle groups -- such as the muscles in your shoulders, chest, back, arms, hips and legs -- at the end of your workout session to speed muscle recovery.5.
Aim to increase your strength-training recovery time to 48 hours if you experience overuse symptoms such as extreme fatigue, weakness, irritability, muscle soreness or insomnia.6.
Take a short, 20-minute, daily nap to speed the muscle recovery process during your 60-day workout program.7.
Replenish your nutrition and hydration with healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, and drink lots of water.8.
Perform low-impact cardiovascular exercises -- such as walking and cycling -- for two to three days after you complete your 60-day Insanity workout program and before you return to strength-training exercise.
- The Insanity workout is not for those new to exercise or for those who have medical conditions. Always check with your physician regarding the safety of exercise for you.