People often think if they want to be fit they need to spend hours a day in the gym. I am asked all the time how much do you workout, and you must workout for hours a day!
The truth is all my workouts are less than an hour and many are under 45 minutes. So how can I workout less and be fit? The answer is really simple.
More doesn’t mean better.
When you workout you want to stress your body and force it to adapt top the stress you put on it through exercise. When your body heals from the stress of the workout, it is in better shape so it handle the stress from that workout, which is how you get more fit.
But your body is an amazing machine. It also is gauging all the time how it will stay alive. When you stress it too much, with hours of exercise a day, it reacts by keeping fat on you.
Because fat has more calories than muscle. So if your body is over stressed it will hold on to fat to help keep you alive. This doesn’t just work with exercise related stress. Any high stress on your body will produce the same result.
Now with exercise you want to add stress to your body, and the best way to do that is to work hard for a short time frame. Short burst workouts that stress you for 45 min or so will allow you to stress your body and then let it recover. And it will get more lean because of that.
So next time you think you need to be in the gym two hours a day give your head a shake! You can get way more fit and healthy with less time.
Devin Sherrington is seven time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletchers Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.