This week's topic is how the 80/20 Rule applies to exercising.
And I have to admit that this is my biggest stumbling block. I just don't get it, lol. Ask Al, he'll tell you that we've had many discussions on this subject.
The theory is...you must rest your body...take a break from workouts...or you won't see any results.
It's kinda confusing for me, so if you've got any input, please feel free to help me understand fully.
The way I understand it is that when your muscles recoup from a workout your body has to burn something to do it and if you have a low enough amount of incoming calories, it must burn fat to do it.
If you don't rest, your muscles don't completely heal.
When you rest every several weeks, it finally has this chance, and you see some weight loss. But, you're probably wasting a lot of the fat burning you could be reaping from your workouts. It would be far more optimal to work out just three of four days a week. That way you wouldn't have just one healing/burning period per month but one per week.
My confusion comes with my quest for weight loss. I feel the need to exercise after every meal to get rid of some of the calories I just ate. So, following that logic, I exercise 3 times every day. Of course there have been times when that just wasn't possible...lol I guess that's another 80/20 scenario I hadn't realized.
Oh, what a coincidence! During the writing of this week's blog post, I did myself an injury,lol, that's karma for you! Now I see first hand how important it is to give your muscles time to adjust.
BTW...in case you are wondering what I did to myself...I had doubled up my workouts at the beginning of April because I hadn't seen any significant weight loss for the first three months of the year. I started getting twinges of pain in my belly. LOL...I was hoping that it was the muscles churning away at my belly fat but it most likely was them screaming for a break!
Although I now understand more about taking a break, part of me still wants to exercise after every meal. So I am working on a compromise that I can be comfortable with :)
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
1. Are you already using the 80/20 principle in your workout routine? If so, do you take a monthly or weekly break? Do you see any weight loss as a result?
2. If you aren't currently following the 80/20 rule for exercising...will you join me in giving it a try?
or this challenge, I am going to try both methods. First I will try taking a break once a week and see if there are any results at the end of a month. Then I will try the other method by only taking a break at the end of the month and seeing what results ensue. Perhaps there will be no weight loss at all...but at least I will know I have healthy muscles :)
NEXT WEEK'S BLOG: Beach Body Challenge!
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I use the word DIET in my blog posts I am in no way suggesting that I have invented/discovered some miracle system to lose weight. Whenever I use the word DIET, I am simply substituting a single word to replace the longer phrase EATING HEALTHIER THAN IN THE PAST.