Less is More

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I've had the questions posed to me "What does "Less is More mean? How do I know if I am doing enough, or too much"? Well, there is no "right" answer for this question.  What is "less" for one person may not be the same as it is for someone else, in fact it may be extremely different. This saying also varies for different individual needs (Are you looking to lose weight, tone up, feel better, add muscle, get better balance, rehab a specific area etc…) Only YOU know the specific desires for your exercise effort. According to the American Heart Association "To improve overall cardiovascular health, we suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember." To lower blood pressure they advise to do a little bit longer of a workout less often. These are recomendations. They don't take in to account all of YOUR needs (asthma, adrenal fatigue, arthritis, medications, work life) etc… 

So, what exactly does one mean by "Less is More"? I think for every individual it means to find the "minimum effective dose" (as we like to say in the medical field) Does it mean cutting out workouts? Maybe… Some people with AF or AI might burn out if they workout every day, while others with AI or AF 'need' to workout everyday to feel better. If you are capable of doing the BWO everyday, (BWO is safe to do daily) then that would be your "Less is More" If your fitness level is as such that doing BWO every other day is 'somewhat of a struggle', but you can do it… then THAT is your "less is more". Some people prefer (and feel great) doing a longer T-Tapp workout 60 – 75 minutes 3 – 4 days a week. The point is this statement is very individualized and cannot be a blanket statement, other than the fact that you do not need to do 2 hours of T-Tapp every day (ok, a bit of sarcasm there 😉 ) Finding what is your "minimum effective dose" is key. 

I strongly suggest that you keep your workouts written on a calander or in a journal. Mark how you feel during the workout and after. This will be a handy guide for you to know if your are doing too much, not enough or are right on target and feeling great! Also take into consideration, what you heave eaten (fuel your body well), if you are hydrated (drink that water) and if you are getting enough sleep (goodness, I could even delve into the fact that this is different for everyone LOL) Learn to look back over the month and see gains or weaknesses. This wellness path YOU are on is unique. Learn to know and love your body for what it can do. 

So, while you can take advice from different sources, learn to adapt your workouts to YOUR needs. Feeling well physically and emotionally is key. Stay in tune to YOUR body.

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp#.Wc1qFdOGPVo

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