Less is more when it comes to exercise

March 16, 2012 by Odile Faludi
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Odile Faludi, recently, spoke to James Strider, personal fitness instructor, aged 38, who recommends less is more when it comes to your workouts.

James Strider

James works for parcfitness health clubs which are located in Rose Bay and Bellevue Hill, Sydney. James has been in the fitness business for 22 years. He has always had a taste for a varied range of techniques to keep his body healthy from top to toe. May it be gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, meditation and a nutritious diet. During the interview he confessed that most of his clients are Jewish.

James recommends, 30 minute workouts, two to three times per week are definitely the way to go. He suggests, “It is far better to work really hard for 25 minutes doing a robust cardio workout circuit accompanied by a five minute stretch than these lengthy and exhausting and sometimes damaging workouts. It’s important to change the workout every month. Your body is clever and after a month it is way too used to your exercise regime therefore decreasing its benefit.” James admits, he sometimes sees people in the gym working out for hours but the results cannot be seen. All they are doing is increasing their chance of injury. Thus, fool your body, regularly change the circuit program ensuring you are using two or more muscle groups at the same time for maximum benefit.

James reported that younger women exercise for themselves and this is very pleasing to see. Whilst he is noticing the younger guys are doing it for the girls. The tables have certainly changed and the guys are starting to feel the pressure. The media has gotten to them and it’s all about attracting female attention. James has observed over the last few years that the gym is a really neat place to meet people and in particular, parcfitness has become quite a Jewish hangout. James explains, “We are a tight knit community, everyone knows each other and it is a good place to cultivate a positive mental and physical attitude. When you have this… you tend to attract the opposite sex, it just happens naturally, without even trying.”

Beneficial results for your body and increased energy levels don’t just happen with exercise alone, we all know diet changes are essential. This is where James insists keeping a daily food diary is essential including all snacks and drinks. James said, “It is amazing how many people say, ‘I don’t eat very much’ but when they start to take note of their intake the picture looks very different.” People are often shocked by their daily consumption and need to become accountable to themselves. Often people will stop over-eating purely because they don’t want to write the food item down. It becomes a halting mechanism for over-indulging. A simple strategy that does work!

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