Along the course of time, sometimes less is in fact more. Here we will attempt to share some of this simple theory which actually runs a lot deeper than you think..
There are many examples where more of something is not necessarily a good thing.
Exercise and training
Good for the body, mind and muscles a few days each week. Have you ever tried exercising every day for a week – at some stage illness or injury is bound to follow. Training 4 times a week is fantastic, 8 times a week will not make you twice as fit.
This can be used in both directions. If we indulge in some chocolate or alcohol on the weekend, chances are it feels good. Gorge on 5 chocolate bars or drink yourself into oblivion and the body soon lets us know.
The widely deficient but essential nutrient water is good for us, but people have died through drinking water in excess. The same can be said for other nutrients, it is possible to overdose on most vitamins and minerals with some pretty severe side effects.
Life in general – getting the balance right
Learning a new skill, sport or hobby? Often doing 20 minutes of practice is much more effective than doing hours and hours. The brain needs time to adapt and learn properly.
Checking emails incessantly wastes millions of £’s all over the world, yet many people do it. How urgent are they really? Some people will opt to just check them twice daily.
Remember the last time you had a limited time to complete a task? It’s amazing how quickly something can be achieved with focused clear thinking on the task in hand.
Back to fitness training!
Recent research and personal experience in the fitness field has shown something less can be more.
Some of the best fitness sessions are well under the hour, in some cases closer to 30 minutes. Interval training at near max intensity (sick bag nearby) yields a huge benefit and can probably only be done for a maximum of 5-8 60 second repetitions
Weight training has moved this way too. Rather than repeating set after set of muscular fatigue, many muscles can be fatigued in less than 3 sets, even for the most advanced weight trainer.
Abdominals are a simple a relatively small muscle group to train. Most ab work should not exceed around 8 minutes, if it does the quality needs to be looked at.
In summary, more quality allows us to spend less time and yields greater results in whatever we want to achieve. This is a powerful lesson in health, fitness and life in general.