Im sure you've heard it by now; the classic weight loss idea of a "calories in vs calories out" approach is a bunch of nonsense. If these ideas were true, then all it would take to be a lean machine is eating 800 calories a day and workout for two hours.
Im here to tell you folks, I counted and ate 1200 calories a day and did a workout twice a day for the better part of my 20's and all I got out of it was adrenal fatigue and reproductive issues.
So what should we do? If we are trying to lose weight or body fat, the idea of eating MORE and working out LESS sounds scary! (or maybe you are just getting started and you're thinking ("hell yeah, that sounds like my kind of program!")
(You can check out our article: Putting Food to Work For You)
However you feel about it, that's where this article is going.
PUTTING FITNESS TO WORK FOR YOU, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND:
We don't need a strenuous workout 7, 6, or even 5 days a week to reap all the benefits of the gym-junkies. We need to use our time during our workouts and really make them count.
The OFF Days:
Every day should involve an activity to create blood flow. Yoga, Walks, Golf, Bike rides, Hiking, Pilates, Stretching in a sauna, etc. for at least 45 minutes. If you're thinking "I don't have time" or "I don't belong to a gym" or "It's cold outside half the year".... I forgive you and your terrible excuses. If you pay attention to how many hours you waste on social media or reading bias new articles, you'll find the time. All you need is an iPhone and a floor to get your body moving, find a yoga, pilates or stretching video and follow it-- if you don't like that... well no one cares, its good for you so do it anyway.
The WORK Days:
Pay attention to your body and your work & life schedule for each week. What time of day are you most energized? Do you find yourself saying "I'll go after work" and never make it? Are Mondays heavy with meetings?
The more you plan, the more you will succeed. Find 3 to 4 days out of 7 to get to the gym and plan your daily work & life around THAT.
If you can only make it to the gym 3 days a week, changes might look like this:
(When I say failure, I mean absolutely no way in hell you can possibly do another. Rest 45 seconds between each set)
(Rest 1 minute in between sets)
After all that, go home and give your body something healthy to repair itself and get some sleep.
MORAL OF THE STORY: DON'T OVER WORK YOUR BODY AND EXPECT IT TO REWARD YOU. TRAIN HARD, REST MORE, AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE