Should You Double Your Workout Time?
We’re halfway through 2018 and the mid-year slowdown is when most begin to question the fitness journey they are on.
Am I doing enough?
What if I added another day working out?
Should I try that new diet everyone else is doing?
This questioning leads us down a path to:
- Redoubling our efforts (aka: more miles, workouts, extreme dieting, & less sleep)
- Mistaking movement for achievement, leading us to become overworked, overcommitted and overloaded.
But if fat loss is part of your goals, this article breaks down why exercise won’t help you lose much weight, though we’ve been conditioned to think of exercise as a key ingredient — perhaps the most important ingredient — of any weight loss effort.
There are three main components to energy expenditure: 1) basal metabolic rate (60-80%), or the energy used for basic functioning when the body is at rest; 2) the energy used to break down food (10%); and 3) the energy used in physical activity (10-30%).
The implication here is that while your food intake accounts for 100 percent of the energy that goes into your body, exercise only burns off less than 10 to 30 percent of it.
So what can you do today to take the best steps to ensure you’re not wasting your time and training as efficiently as possible? You have three choices:
- Do nothing.
- Do something sustainable.
- Do a lot of something (not sustainable).
Sustainability means that you…