If you’ve hung around me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about the “3 keys to exercise success”:
2) Intensity (some of the time)
If you’ve read The Truth About Cardiovascular Training or the Truth About Resistance Training, you know I’m a fan of shorter workouts that incorporate some type of “burst” or high-intensity intervals.
You also know that I believe very strongly in working smarter… not longer.
More is not better when it comes to working out!
Let me be very, very clear. From a purely scientific perspective, I know that daily movement is optimal. Motion is a requirement for optimal cell function.
I did not say that “working out” is a daily requirement! In fact, excessive training (whether it’s resistance or cardio) can work AGAINST you on many levels.
(I was just reminded of this when I read this report (“5 Simple Steps to Looking 10 Years Younger”)
Depending what you’re doing, you could end up storing more fat and losing muscle (as is the case with excessive long-duration, steady-state cardio training), or completely taxing your entire adrenal system, resulting in hormonal imbalance, excessive stress hormone release, and chronic fatigue.
Here’s a kicker: working out too much actually ages us faster!!
How’s that for adding insult to injury?!
It makes sense, though. When you think of the chemical changes that result from working out, the stress hormone release, and the breakdown… all of it is very good… when it’s not overdone.
You and I both know people who work out every single day. They spend hours in the gym, and sometimes, they don’t even feel or look any different after all that effort. Actually, let me take that back – they may indeed look different. They might be looking OLDER as a result of all that working out.
Been there. Done that. Now I realize that, not only do I have “laugh lines”, but I’ve got “work out lines”! Who would have ever thought…?!
Fitness legend, Steve Holman (Editor in Chief of Iron Man Magazine), and his wife Becky, recently wrote about this. I highly recommend you check out what they have to say about working out LESS as part of an anti-aging lifestyle! I think it goes something like this: LESS working out = LESS wrinkles!
Personally, I’ve enjoyed striving to find my “movement balance” lately.
I’ve become more “active”, while “working out” less. (Yes, I meant to say it that way!)
I strive to get movin’ in some way, at least twice, every day. Some days, this means a ‘formal’ work out, or a run, or sprinting. Other days, it’s stand-up paddling, or a bike ride, or Shape Shifter “flow” yoga, or a body weight-only work out. Every day includes walking and spinal hygiene exercises.
Then, there are all those “play-like” activities that are spontaneously added: jumping on the trampoline with the kids, or playing catch, or basketball, or soccer, or swimming with them, or skiing, or going ice skating & sledding (no time soon, I pray!), and so on. Just being active and having fun with our bodies!
Isn’t that the real purpose of having a healthy, fit body? So we can appreciate it, fully use it with confidence & comfort, and enjoy it with others? (I’d add ‘using it to serve others’ to that list, too.)
By the way, I’m SURE the jury is still out on this whole “How much exercise is the perfect amount?” subject. You know, it really doesn’t matter all that much. Just move… regularly… with variety… challenge yourself at times, take it easy on yourself other times… play… and be grateful for whatever movement your body is capable of.
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