At home or in the Gym: Why one hour is enough.

“More is not better.  Better is better.”

 

I have heard this statement offered more times than I can count.  It is so simple and direct, that it almost doesn’t seem true.  What does it mean?

Simply this:  Quality over quantity.

It’s easy to believe that the “more I exercise, the more weight I will lose / get stronger/ faster…”

Science proves that this simply is not the case.  Further, as a busy individual with:

  • Job
  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • A Life

Exercise sessions need to accomplish a lot in a short period of time. 

Per this study, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2327335  Sessions as short as 10 minutes long can create a greater cardio-respiratory response than a longer bout of exercise.

But…

This does not mean sacrificing technique or skill in the interest of moving fast or creating more intensity. 

Simple rule: Let the technique create the speed/intensity. 

A 60 minute exercise session may contain about 30 minutes of actual activity.  Sometimes less. 

So whether you are at home or (someday hopefully soon…) at the gym:

  • Plan the work
  • Do the work (making sure to move well and with intention)
  • Cool Down
  • Recover (Solid nutrition, sleep)

 


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