SWING SET fitness!
I say it all the time.
The thing is, until I have the world on my band wagon (world wagon?!), I’m gonna say it again and again.
In this day & age when everyone admonishes us to increase the exercise! I’m here waving the “sometimes less (time) is indeed more (results)!” flag loud & proud.
(A flag which is, alas, not quite as fun as my freak flag. You’ll have that.)
People frequently ask me about my (finger quote) workout (unFQ) routine (or, more aptly put, my lackthereof).
- They question its brevity (my activities are often spontaneous and short.).
- They struggle with the idea I squeeze fitness in where I can & completely non-traditionally (I’m not competing! This approach works just fine).
- They can’t seem to accept if they aren’t where they *want* to be right now perhaps doing less but consistently could be the answer (Ive been there & overtrained that. I can entirely relate).
Back when I did not know LESS = MORE.
While I’d like to hope you’d all immediately hop on the brevity-bandwagon I know many of us are hardcore folk.
From this soft of core woman I give you 4 reasons why I firmly believe less is more:
1. High-intensity interval training is twice as effective as traditional exercise. Intense interval training means working very hard for a few minutes with rest periods in between sets. Interval training doubles endurance, improves oxygen use/strength by more than 10 percent, & speed by 5 percent. Studies have found better oxygen use and fitness after interval training. Interval training also makes for shorter workouts.
2. You’ll never over-train. When I was a personal trainer many clients would see results and start exercising more to see more results. Initially this worked. After a few weeks, however, results dropped dramatically due to over-training. Consider this fact: not giving your body the rest it needs is almost akin to not exercising at all. Exercise. Move daily. Consistently over time. Unless you are training for competition there’s no need for marathon workouts.
3. It’s the fits & starts that kill us. Let’s talk self-esteem. Remember the last time you started a workout program? How you planned for 60+ min of exercise 6 days a week? How fantastic you felt about yourself—until life derailed you & you fell off the workout wagon? This time plan exercise you can fit into life today and forever. Less exercise time plus ZERO fits & starts = happier and healthier you. Here that’s 30 minutes a day. Every day. No “starting Monday I will…” ever. I’m healthy *and* I feel better about myself through setting realistic goals and achieving them.
4. Exercise should fit into your life…your life shouldn’t be fashioned around fitness. It’s recommended adults get 150 minutes of exercise per week. This number is a reasonable goal. Try breaking the 150 minutes down into short ten minute bursts! Take a ten minute power-walk, three times a day, five days a week. Jump rope or hula hoop for ten minutes at a time, three times a day, five days a week. You get the idea. Less time at the gym exercising traditionally does not have to mean a less-fit you.
Have you scaled back your workouts and discovered you gained (muscle strength energy) and lost (bodyfat)?
Do you disagree and believe to gain *and* lose our bodies need long workouts?