Breaking Down Fitness Fads

Breaking Down Fitness Fads

By Jennifer Griswold. CREATED Nov 8, 2012

We've been bombarded with fast-moving exercise crazes like P90X and Insanity. Exercise gurus will tell you they have great benefits, but that doesn't mean they're the right fit for everyone.

Peter Pellerito is a fitness expert at the Center for Healthy Living at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He says the best workout program involves three components: cardio, strength training and flexibility. 

He says when it comes to cardio you should get 150 minutes per week if you're working out at the level of a brisk walk. That can be 30 minute bouts, five days a week. If you're running or doing Zumba, you can cut that cardio in half. Seventy-five minutes per week is fine for getting your heart healthy.

The second component, strength training, won't burn fat like cardio, but it will define your muscles.   Pellerito says you should focus on this two days a week.

The third element, flexibility, can be part of your daily living. Whether it's stretching at home or going to a yoga class, stretching can increase your circulation and energy level.

Pellerito says any the workouts crazes you see can help you looking and feeling great, it's just a matter of finding what's best for you and striking a balance when it comes to the three components of working out. And remember, you can always out-eat what you burn off at the gym.