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Zone 2 Training Benefits and Goal Setting
I picked the name "Why Edify" for this site because it represents life long learning and improvement to me. In the most general sense I think it is learning to become better mentally, physically, morally and spiritually. It aligns with things I want to improve upon.
Currently I'm in the process of defining my goals for this year. I've been reading a book called "Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling*" by Matthew Dicks. I looked him up online and found his blog. Reading through his posts I noticed that he shares his goals publicly and then reflects on his progress each month. I'm going to try it out. It will give me a nudge to set more specific goals and revisit them regularly. A chance to try, win or learn and repeat.
That was a long intro leading up to Zone 2 training. 🤔
One of my goals to set a certain amount of time aside each week to exercise in my Zone 2 heart rate. Most of my Zone 2 time comes while spinning on my bike above the garage. I watch videos and listen to podcasts and music. Sometimes I write down what I learn during these sessions.
Zone 2 training occurs when we perform a steady activity while maintaining a particular heart rate for longer periods of time, say 45 or 50 minutes, twice or three times a week. It can be accomplished while walking, rowing, swimming, or working out on an elliptical machine or stationary bike. It is NOT the 30-minute class with the instructor yelling at you through the screen and leaving you staggering. -Hudson Valley Functional Medicine
Here are some benefits of Zone 2 Training.
- It builds an aerobic base and improves endurance.
- Zone 2 training is a great way to improve metabolic health and longevity.
- It seems to improve your mitochondrial function.
After watching the video below, I've settled on the the goal of at least 3 hours of Zone 2 training per week. This will stretch me and I am sure there will be some weeks I fall short, but the benefits are worth the attempt.
I use my Apple Watch * to track my heart rate and the Zones for Training app to analyze my workout and keep track of the times I spend in each heart rate zone. I also find that these workouts are a great way to relieve any stress accrued in my school day.
Today I learned about Zone 2 training while spinning away. It feels like positive multi-tasking.
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