In reality, science doesn't support the idea that soreness always means improvement. And shorter workouts leave you with more time for other things.
Workouts that are too long or too intense can lead to overtraining syndrome, which is characterized by a lack of energy, diminishing performance in the gym, poor sleep, reduced appetite, headaches, decreases immune function, depression and loss of enthusiasm for training.
Avoiding this is one of the most significant benefits of simplifying your workouts.
It can help you reduce unnecessary central fatigue, which is defined as all of the stressors that can affect your performance,
1. Start With Bodyweight
Bodyweight moves are some of the most effective around.
They’re great for getting your heart pumping and strengthening your body, and they require zero equipment.
Squats and lunges are some of the most effective moves around for toning your lower half and conditioning your body.
But go to any gym, and you’ll see people doing really complicated variations on these two otherwise simple moves. Why? Well, advanced exercisers might need and want some squat or lunge variations; and that’s ok too!
2. Keep It Simple
If you’re struggling just to do an exercise the right way without all the “fancy,” then simpler is better. And if the basic feels too complicated, make it even more basic!
The most important thing for any move is to do it correctly, using the proper alignment and the full range of motion.
Don’t aim for a million reps at first, just get down the basics and you’ll build a foundation for many more reps to come!
I always say there’s no shame in modifying, only quitting. And, honestly, quitting is complicated because now you have to add “get in shape” back on your to-do list!
When you modify the exercise so it feels manageable, you cut the “complicated” out of the exercise equation. If you can’t quite do a regular push-up yet, try a modified push-up on your knees! It’s better to start small than not start at all.
4. Remember That Form Trumps Everything
Learn great lunging form first. Basic technique trumps everything else because it lays the foundation for working your way up from there. Oh, and it saves your knees, back, hips, and prevents injury.
Step back and take a look at the workouts you’re doing now. If they feel like a burden and not a welcome part of your day, perhaps re-evaluate how you could make them less complicated.
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