Tuesday, November 1, 2022

More is Not Always Better to Achieve Your Fitness Goals

When it comes to fitness more isn't always better. Overtraining, over-supplementing, and consuming too much protein can adversely affect your body.

More is not better, better is better.

Getting fit and maintaining a healthy body is a simple process. It really doesn't require eating loads of protein or grueling workouts to reach your goals. All it takes is a consistent effort of eating right and exercise. Quality over quantity.

Focused workouts utilizing differing energy systems of the body throughout the week are sufficient. What this means is mixing up cardio, weight training, core work, and flexibility for a well-balanced program. Exercising at least 4-times per week is shown to maintain a healthy body according to research.

Active rest days are a great way to have fun when not performing a structured workout. Enjoy being active and healthy is the point.

Food for Fitness

Having a healthy relationship with food is also important. What we think is healthy may not be healthy at all. In fact, eating more than is required of any macronutrient can derail fitness goals. Consuming a balance of whole nutritious foods including lots of veggies, lean proteins, and good fats in appropriate amounts is what maintains optimal fitness.

We require a certain amount of each macronutrient, and over-consumption can actually have adverse health effects, just as eliminating healthy foods can cause nutrient deficiencies. More is not better, better is better. 

Effective Exercise

Many believe spending hours in the gym each day is needed to achieve fitness goals. This is an unsupported myth and a perfect example of thinking more is better. The truth is that quality workouts, not quantity produce quality results. And research indicates overtraining can have adverse effects on your body, not to mention an increased risk of exercise burnout.  

Over-use of joints and even muscle breakdown can occur when the body is overtrained. Overtraining syndrome is shown to decrease your immunities, decrease muscle growth, and increase stress levels.

Another problem is exercise addiction which may occur for those feeling guilty about eating off track and psychologically beating themselves up in the gym. Obsessive exercise to relieve food guilt can increase the risk of overtraining syndrome. 

Appropriate workouts are focused and effective taking no more than an hour to complete.

Final Thoughts

What it comes down to is being fitness smart. This means not believing more is better. It allows you to enjoy the process of getting healthy with proper nutrition and workouts.

Oftentimes, simple but challenging workouts provide the best results. You can maintain your body without overworking to the point of burnout or injury.

Also, it's important to stay away from fad diets. Remember if it's too good to be true - it is. The only proven scientific claims to successful fitness are eating right and exercise. 

The takeaway is to eat right, exercise consistently, and enjoy a balanced life. This is true fitness and nothing more to it. More is not better, better is better.

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  1. Sports and drink juice in the morning and running a day eat vegetables are the best thing possible for fitness

  2. I agree with this, overtraining caused me to quit and lose fitness instead :(

    1. Hi Rowan,

      Thanks for reading and your comment. Sorry to hear this and instead of losing it, start again with a different mindset. More is not better, better is better. Be well and Stay Healthy!

    2. So true, I do Zumba, Aqua fit and some strength training three days a week and it’s enough.


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