The ‘Less is More’ Approach to ExerciseSep 10, 2021
Do less exercise now and reap the benefits later.
So the best workout is the one that you actually do.
The workouts that you were meant to do but didn't get around to, the ones that you will 'catch-up on' later, the ones you forsook for a lie-in instead, don’t count.
So why make it hard on yourself. Let’s make the process easier so we can actually get more workouts done.
Why Can't I Stay Consistent?
In a word, Life.
Life gets in the way. Work, family, chores, pets....
We don't prioritise our exercise & fitness. And often it's because we over hype our training, we think we should be doing a hardcore 2 hour weights session, or a full on 60 minute high intensity cardio session and it becomes easy for us to make excuses and talk ourselves out of it.
Or we feel we need to allocate large amounts of time to exercising or insist upon going to the gym or a specific place to do it.
Alternatively we take up the bare minimum approach which leave too little wiggle room for when life gets in the way. So when we ditch one or more of our scheduled minimum 3 exercise sessions per week we end up way short of an appropriate amount of exercise.
Consistency is way more important than intensity when it comes to fitness.
This is where the 'Less is More' Approach can be effective
When I say less I refer to the amount of time allocated per session. So instead of insisting on allocating 2 hours to a training session, try 20 minutes.
20 minutes is a much less confronting amount of time which is harder to talk ourselves out of. It doesn't fill us with dread, and is easier to slot in-between our other life tasks.
Then you can start to increase the frequency of your exercise. So try slotting one of these 20 minute mini sessions into your daily calendar. So that by the end of the week you'll have done over 2 and a half hours of exercise.
The other benefit of short sessions it that it forces us to be highly efficient with our time and exercise choices. This means less breaks to endlessly doom scroll between sets as we literally don't have time if we're going to finish the session on time. It also means that we don't mind upping the intensity of the session because we can always see the end in sight.
Here are some tips to successfully incorporate the Less is More training approach.
1 – Plan to exercise everyday.
2 – Mix it up – do a variety of stuff to keep you interested, stimulated, avoid boredom.
3 – Train for less time – 20 mins is fine. Be flexible, got 10 mins spare do 100 squats. Only 15 mins in the calendar – run around the block.
4 – Time yourself – Don’t drag it out longer than you need to. Have a plan, stick to it, time yourself including your rests, avoid distractions (phone, chatting, TV) headphones in, get it done.
5 – Train with someone else – PT, Friend, Colleague = Help to keep you accountable (i.e. actually do it), stick to a plan, avoid distractions, get results
6 - Make sure you have a range of workouts that you can perform anywhere with no or makeshift equipment. So that you can train at home, in your hotel room, anywhere. Then you can't make an excuse as to why you can't train.
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