What is More Important: How hard you workout or how fast you recover?

Tallahassee Families,

Working out and nutrition has come a long way in the last decades. There a numerous philosophies, plans and systems everyone is posting/selling. Do they all work? Most likely, yes, they did work for someone otherwise they would not be pushing it. Is it right for you? That is the most important question.

How do you know if a program is right for you? Simply put, how long can you sustain it? There are no quick fixes in anything. Yes you can lose weight quickly, but will it stay off? You can gain muscle quickly with help from science, but are you going to sustain that long term? Probably not.

I like to keep this blogs short and to the point with another information to get you thinking. If you are anything like me, reading a long article or blog gets boring quickly.

If you want to change your body, you need to look at what you put into first. YOU CANNOT OUT WORK NUTRITION. It may seem that way if you are in high school or college, but in reality nutrition is a huge part of staying healthy. Cut out excess carbs like bread, crackers, white pastas, sodas (especially diet ones) and drink your water.

Second, get proper rest. Most adults need 7-8 hours. Not to say you cannot function on 6, but you won’t be firing on all cylinders even if you think you are doing fine.

Third, if you are improving 1 & 2, you will most likely recover from your workouts and see improvement. If you are not fully recovering you will get the opposite effect. You will feel sluggish, sometimes like you have a cold. Other signs include weakness in your strength, energy and a depressed mood. Many people think more is better and that is not the case if you cannot recover from your workouts.

In fact, most people think steroids make you stronger, but they don’t. They make your muscles recover faster so you can work them harder and more often. Unfortunately, without proper supervision, people hurt themselves physically and can easily destroy their internal organs.

In conclusion, work yourself hard, but make sure you get the proper sleep, eat healthy and pay attention to your body and your moods. Overtraining leads to injuries and other issues making your goal of staying healthy counterproductive!

If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at bradfantle@gmail.com. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama

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