Too Much Exercise Can Make You Fat!
Whenever I say this to people, I get some strange looks and usually comments on how I don’t know what I am talking about. “Exercise making you fat! You must be mad,” I often here. However, what I actually said was that too much exercise can make you fat!
WORDS – Paul Golding of The Metabolic Solution
The human body is an amazing creation: We stress it with exercise, it adapts, and then the exercise gets easier. Simple really, isn’t it? The ability the body has to adapt and become more susceptible to the overload of exercise is a remarkable thing. Here though is where it gets a little complicated – Too much of a good thing (exercise) can in fact be a bad thing.
If you exercise frequently without adequate rest and recuperation, the body will produce excessive amounts of a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol is an important hormone in the body that is secreted by the adrenal glands. It is involved many bodily functions including:
• Providing proper glucose metabolism
• Regulation of blood pressure
• Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance
• Immune function
• Inflammatory response
While Cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, it is important to ensure that we allow ourselves adequate rest and recovery to allow the Cortisol levels to return to normal. Unfortunately overtraining can cause Cortisol levels to remain elevated, resulting in a state of chronic stress. Prolonged elevated levels of Cortisol in the blood stream have been shown to have negative effects such as:
• Impaired cognitive performance
• Suppressed thyroid function
• Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
• Decreased bone density
• Decrease in muscle tissue (resulting in a lower metabolism)
• Higher blood pressure
• Lowered immunity
• Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater increase of health problems, than fat deposited in other areas. Some of the health problems associated with increased abdominal fat include heart attacks, and the development of metabolic syndrome, plus higher levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) which can lead to other health problems
To keep levels of Cortisol healthy and under control, it is imperative that adequate rest and recovery be undertaken, and that overtraining is avoided. The best way to avoid overtraining is to ensure that your workouts are short but intense. This will allow for an adequate training overload, while avoiding overtraining.
At The Metabolic Solution we encourage our clients to adopt the ‘Less Is More’ approach – Less workouts, but more intensity! Our workouts are designed to blast fat, boost strength, build muscle and improve fitness with a minimal time commitment. In fact, we have seen tremendous results with just 3 x 45 minute Bootcamp sessions per week, with the main portion of each workout (not including warm-up and cool-down) usually taking just 20-30 minutes!
So remember, more exercise is not better, and that to achieve some amazing changes in your body you should take the less is more approach. Less time training = More results!
Contact us today on BA@metabolicpersonaltraining.co.uk to book your FREE no-obligation consultation.
To learn more about The Metabolic Solution (formally Brighton Bootcamp) visit www.metabolicpersonaltraining.co.uk