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Is a Simple Workout Better?

When working out, we all want to be sure that we’re doing it right and doing enough. It can, however, be frustrating to do super complex and hard workouts, especially when you’re just starting out. Does the phrase “less is more” apply to workouts too?

This is a question that recently popped up and Erin is here to answer it.

Q: Do I really need to spend 2 hours in the gym? Are there any benefits to simplifying my workouts, and if so, how can I?

A:  Keeping your routine simple, especially at the beginning, is a good way to make sure you stick with it. Anything overly complicated, difficult, or ambitious is a quick recipe for overwhelm and ultimately giving up. From a practical standpoint, your body doesn’t need 2 hours of exercise in order to see positive change. As little as 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise is enough to improve your health AND your physique. Actually, you can overtrain your body, which increases recovery time and your chance for injury. So if anything, you’re better off erring on the side of caution and doing something simple and sustainable rather than trying to do too much.

Well, there you have it. Your workout doesn’t need to be super tough and complicated in order for it to be effective. Plain and simple does the trick. If you’re interested in some simple, yet effective workouts to get you started, Erin’s got your back. Try these:

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    Alan Mafi

    November 11, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Marcia, I’m a big fan of your blog…I was wondering if u have heard of this Yoga Burn program for weight loss

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    Stacy Mizrahi

    November 11, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Years back I was working out at the gym every day. I caught wind of p90x ( which got me started on yoga), but the workouts themselves were complex with a high intensity. Certainly far more complex that the weight lifting routine I had. I think from a psychological burnout point of view, having a diverse workout regime actually helps keep you brain from sliding into a paint-by-numbers execution. I found that a good mix kept me more focused in workouts. Even when I do my home yoga, I’m trying to mix things up in my flow. IMO, an effective workout doesn’t have to be simple – rather it should present a sufficient challenge to your mind and body such that the end of your workout feels fulfilling and rewarding – like you earned that ending!

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    Debbie Brow

    November 12, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Bad Yogi has been such a fun blog to follow. I love yoga but 2 hours of anything is crazy! Thats why I found this and have been able to really tailor my yoga workouts!!

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