Friday, May 20, 2011
HOW TO BREAK THE METABOLIC RUT #2
AVOID MARATHON WORKOUTS
Too often we think that longer is better, especially when it comes to fitness and the result is these insanely long workouts. Whether it's the guy who is pounding out rep after rep of bench presses, flys, and curls for an hour and a half, or the 'cardio queen' who walks the treadmill, rides the elliptical, or pedals the bike for just as long....while reading a magazine!
The problem is still the same. Long sessions of low-level training has almost no effect on our metabolic rate.
There was a landmark aerobic training study from the International Journal of Sports Nutrition determined that 45 minutes of steady state aerobic training 5 days per week had zero effect over dieting alone when it came to weight loss— that’s 45 hours of activity for nothing! However, the lack of results wasn’t solely due to the length of the workouts, but also the low-intensity nature of these workouts.
To make matters worse, these marathon workouts also negatively affect our hormones. After an hour of exercise our body enters into survival mode and begins releasing a hormone known as cortisol. This hormone results in loss of muscle and ultimately fat gain.
The answer is to think Quality over Quantity. A shorter, more intense workout will give just the opposite effect. An increase in lean muscle and great fat loss.
HOW TO BREAK THE METABOLIC RUT #3