“More is better” is a prevailing thought in our society. If I do more I will get more results right?
If I work more I will make more money
If I take more medicine I will feel even better.
If I exercise more, I will burn more claories and lose more fat.
More, more , more…
Ah, if only this were true it would be so simple.
We tend to forget about the law of diminishing returns.
There is a point where we do too much and actually go backwards.
Just ask anyone who had overdosed on a medication.
How about someone who works too much. Yeah, they may climb the corporate ladder and make bank, but how is their stress level, health and personal life?
It says in the Bible in Mark 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole word but forfeit his soul?”
We can get so obsessed with something and overdo it that it costs us things like relationships, money (wasted), and our health.
I’m going to speak on this in the fitness world.
You have a central nervous system which is like a car battery and if you “over exercise” you run the charge out of that battery. When your central nervous system is burned out you will experience the following symptoms
- Brain fog which is not being able to concentrate or focus
- Weakness in your muscles
- Feeling rundown without energy
- Moving slower and loss of coordination
Does that sound like progress?
There is no reason you should be doing intense exercise longer than an hour and more than once a day.
However, I see people doing multiple hard workouts in a day and many time they are “marathons.”
This will run your central nervous system down and jack up that evil hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol basically shuts down fat burning and eats up muscle which
destroys your metabolism.
This is why people actually gain weight when training for marathons.
I applaud the effort of wanting to be active, but too much is too much.
You have to train smart not just hard.
Exercise is like a drug and when done in the proper doses you will see good results but too much can do more harm than good.
If you are trying to lose weight I would suggest prioritizing your diet and lifestyle habits. Too often people think they can eat crap and drink booze regularly because they can make up for it by exercising more to burn off more calories.
You simply cannot outwork a bad diet!
So I leave you with these parameters:
No more than 4 high intensity workouts per week and do no more than two in a row.
If you want to exercise twice per day do only one hard session and the other should be very low key like a walk.
Allow yourself rest days . This doesn’t mean sit on your butt and watch reality TV but be active doing active things just not kicking your butt in the gym.
Rest is where your body makes the changes you are after and if you don’t give it that rest, those changes will not happen.
Even if you look at the programs for top athletes, you will see recovery days in there. These are people that do not have to go to a full time job. Training and performing is their full time job.
You are not a pro athlete. You have other stresses like work, kids, and house projects looming so take that into consideration as well and quit trying to train like a pro athlete.
Remember it does not matter how hard you train if you don’t recover. So train hard but train smart.
P.S. For the guys who need a smart plan, I am doing a special webinar tommorrow called “6 Strategies to Burn Belly Fat and Ditch the Dad Bod for Good.” It goes down at 1pm central time and you can still get a spot by going here.‘
Dedicated to your results!