Friday, January 6, 2012

Training Sessions/Exercise - Less is MORE

You may have made a New Year's Resolution to increase the duration of your workouts, maybe add 30 minutes more to your routine. Consider this -- Less may be MORE when it comes to training.

For those of you who know me, you'll understand when I say that I have to remind myself of this every day (sometimes several times a day).

We often think more is better when it comes to hitting the gym but shorter (less) is more appropriate. Here's why: The body in response to stress releases cortisol. This is the fight or flight survival mechanism I discussed in early post. Exercise is meant to put stress on the body. That is how it grows and changes. However, there is a fine line after which excess will switch the body to storing fat, deteriorating muscle, adversely affecting your blood sugars and thyroid functions. Training sessions (strength and cardio) should be shorter than 45 minutes. Ideally between 30 – 45 minutes.

Hit the workout sessions with quality and not quantity. The trick: Use intensity and efficiency, then walk away.

Stay tuned…………….

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