Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Myth 7 - Working out takes too much time!

MYTH 7 - "Working out takes too much time!"

Perfect time to speak about this with this time of the year and all the resolutions that people have. Happy New Year to All!

Since when did the amount of time anyone spends working out determine the caliber of a workout? I remember back when I was in the gym setting, I would see people in the gym for 2-3 hours (must be some workout?). You should see their "rest" in between exercises. Everyone chatting it up, hitting on one another and doing everything BUT moving (which I must add, that is why they walked through the gym door). I'm not saying you should be a social outcast, believe me...I love to engage in socializing as much as the next guy (or girl). Just don't tell me you spend 2 hours in the gym working out when in actuality you move for 34 minutes out of that 120!

The quality of your "movement session" is far more important that your time commitment. This does not mean that you cannot have a combination of BOTH variables (like a Long and Slow Duration Day). Time is just another variable that all of us have and are used to using to quantify "how much" of something that we do. We all have 24 hours in a day. How is it that some accomplish so much more in the SAME time period? Perhaps the quality of time they spend doing their "work" is far more productive than others? This can obviously be applied to anything in life, personal or business.

Ever hear that "they" say that you need to do 30 minutes of cardio BEFORE you even start burning fat? First of all, who is "they" and what makes "them" even qualified to speak about a particular topic of discussion. That would be like saying that the first 30 minutes of your drive to work, you don't burn any gas!? There are many myths that have been thrown around from this famous group that we all have heard a thing or two referred to as "they."

Start looking are your movement patterns and more importantly the quality of them. Throughout your day, how much of your movement is structured (IE, exercise) compared to unstructured (active lifestyle, sports, recreation, physical work, etc.). As a society, we all don't move enough and this creates a whole slew of problems (childhood obesity?).

Remember, time is just another variable. You can even use it to your advantage by eliminating your REST intervals in between your strength sets and now all the sudden you added another element to your strength program. By manipulating your rest intervals, you can enhance your current program, help you blast through a plateau that you may be in and right on topic, it will take you LESS time to get through your workout. Don't worry about have plenty of time throughout the rest of the day to get that in!


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