“Instead of trying to find how much exercise we can tolerate, we should try to find out how little exercise we actually require” ~ Arthur Jones, creator of Nautilus and MedX exercise equipment.
Jones further stated that any exercise beyond what is required is at best a waste of time and at worst dangerous. It is dangerous because too much exercise can result in injuries and a waste of a time because exercise beyond what is required eventually leads to overtraining. Overtraining occurs when your body cannot sufficiently recover and make gains. This is particularly the case with strength training, as it takes longer time to recover and rebuild from your last training session.
If you start from the premise of finding out how little exercise you actually require you won’t overtrain, your likelihood of injury will drop considerably, and you will be far less likely to quit as it will require a smaller time commitment. You will find the weekly improvement motivating as well. With more rest and recovery (and less time in the gym) you will get more benefits by exercising less.
The type of exercise that, by far, has the biggest positive impact on your bio-markers of aging is strength training. In addition to increasing strength the exercise program at our Austin Personal Training facility is designed to produce improvements in:
Workouts are 30 minutes – no time is wasted – and are generally once a week. People of any age and level of fitness can do this. Trainers have years of experience determining:
1) The required amount of exercise to safely stimulate change.
2) Sufficient time to recover and improve each week.
3) The proper design of workouts suited to clients’ limits and needs.
You can avoid injuries and the trial-and-error of finding what works. You will improve each week. As your fitness improves you will be more inclined to be active, and you will have more time to enjoy life outside the gym. It is an exercise program people can stick to.