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:
- 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.
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)