One of the most popular questions I am asked is "how long should I exercise?" My response?
The question isn't how long should I exercise but how intense should I exercise.
For those who don't feel like they had a good workout until they've spent 2-3 hours in the gym, let me remind you of something: There is an inverse relationship between training volume and training intensity. What does that mean? They go in an opposite direction; they achieve 2 different results. You can train really hard for a short period of time or not so hard for a longer period of time BUT you cannot train hard for a long time. Our bodies just can't handle that level of intensity for a prolonged period of time! I have experienced this first hand where I give 100% my best in a workout and it usually means I don't last more than 30 minutes.
So here is the question, do you just want to "coast" in your workouts and have them be long or do you want to SMASH your workout, give 100% effort, and see real progress in a shorter amount of time? I used to workout for almost 2 hours every day and didn't see a whole lot of results, was tired all the time, irritable, lost my period for a year (TMI, but I am just being real), annnddd it was just straight up rough. NOW, I don't workout more than 45 minutes usually, my workouts are effective and fluctuate between high intensity and low intensity (interval training and strength training), and I am seeing more results now than every before.
SO I challenge you to re-think your question. It's not about how long, it's about how much effort are you putting in? Feel free to message me if you have more questions!
**PLEASE NOTE: levels of intensity within exercise programs changes if you have asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension so what I am sharing is not a cookie cutter approach!! Please consult with your physician before you embark on any intense exercise programs
Though I am a certified personal trainer through AFAA, I am not a nutritionist. Any food posts on this blog are simply related to my journey!