Push past your workout plateau with the 80/20 rule
Time is a valuable commodity. A person who makes the effort to carve out time for a workout wants to get maximum results from it. If your workouts aren’t getting the desired results, it’s time to let the 80/20 rule propel your fitness to the next level.
How To Do It
The 80/20 rule means that you spend 80% of your workout doing low-intensity exercises, and you reserve the remaining 20% for high-intensity exercises. Under this rule, a low-intensity exercise is one that doesn’t cause you to become out of breath.
It is ok to sweat a little, but you don’t want to be panting and exhausted during the low-intensity portion of your workout. Water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, and brisk walking are all examples of low-intensity exercise that fit under the 80/20 rule.
Why It Works
If you spend 80% of your time at a low-intensity, your body will be thoroughly warmed up by the time you get to the high-intensity 20%. Your lungs will be ready to supply as much air as necessary and your muscles will be supple.
The 80/20 rule allows you to approach the 20% of your workout, the part that will bring the most tangible results, with your body at peak performance. This is more efficient and sustainable than launching into a high-intensity workout with cold muscles.
The Pareto Principle
The 80/20 rule is nothing new. It’s an application of the Pareto Principle, a mathematical theory that 80% (or more) of results come from 20% of efforts. This theory is regularly used to make decisions in business, science, manufacturing, and other industries.