More Isn’t Necessarily Better
When it comes to weight loss, diet is more important than exercise. Your body burns the majority of its calories by simply keeping you living and breathing.
While cardio may not yield the highest ROI when it comes to exercising for weight loss, strength training is the opposite. Strength training allows you to add additional lean body mass, which burns calories at rest.
If cardio is like paying off a credit card, strength training is like paying a mortgage. With the latter, you’re building an asset over time. And, best of all, it doesn’t take that much time.
Too often I hear clients say that they are not reaching their fitness goals because of lack of time. I say, false. It is usually a combination of laziness, excuses, and a lack of knowledge that keep people from achieving the changes that they want in their body.
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Half an hour is all you need. This is where the magic happens …
All it takes to begin to see these benefits is roughly 30 minutes.
According to several recent studies suggests that when we commit to regular workouts that raise our heart rates and get us moving and sweating for a sustained period of time, magical things happen to the body and brain.
We think more clearly, feel better overall, and protect our brains against some of the cognitive decline that occurs with age.
"Aerobic exercise ... has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress,"
In addition to the mental benefits, our muscles get toned, our hearts become stronger and more protected from disease, and we can even become more flexible, depending on the exercise.
I personally believe that balance is the key to a happy life. Coming to the gym and working out shouldn’t be a chore and something you dread. If it is, I guarantee that you are approaching it all the wrong way.
Life is short, exercise has been proven to extend the length of your life.
On top of that, poor health is expensive. The medical cost and lost productivity from obesity are more than what it takes to prevent and cure it
Exercise will make you more energetic. You will have a healthy immune system and the hours you spend in the gym will more than make up for themselves in productivity. There is no price tag on happiness and an increased quality of life.
How many hours do you spend sitting at a computer on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest?). These are the places that you can pull this time from. We have 168 hours in a week and 3-5 hours out of that is not that big of a commitment when you think about the whole picture.
You don't need to spend hours at the gym to boost your body and brain
When it comes to weight loss, people often think that you need to spend countless hours in the gym, pounding away at the treadmill while you watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother.
To conclude; I am often asked by clients which diet or workout plan they should follow. It is hard to tell someone the perfect ratio of cardio, lifting, and stretching or which fad diet they should be on. It is all based on your personal fitness goals, which also may change with time. You will need to spend the time to figure out the plan that is right for you and one that fits into your lifestyle.
In the end, you are your most powerful motivator. Any way you find to do it, get it done. Period. Today is the first day of that change you have always wanted. Start with just 2 hours a week scheduled in your calendar just like work, miss it for nothing, and slowly find time to get up to 3-5 hours a week. You will live longer, and enjoy your time living more too!
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