Are You Doing Too Much!?

Thinking back to our post referencing Jason Statham:

“Your body's like a piece of dynamite. You can tap it with a pencil all day, but you'll never make it explode. You hit it once with a hammer, bang! Get serious, do 40 hard minutes, not an hour and a half of nonsense."

It seems this theory is supported by Science too!

Dr Nicholas Gill (Strength and conditioning coach to the All Blacks) explains that training for longer than 50-60 minutes results in a decline in your muscle building hormones such as testosterone and insulin, and increases catabolic (muscle degrading) hormones such as cortisol!

The principle goes for CV and endurance training as well, Dr James O’Keefe explains how more than 60 minutes of intense endurance activity, every day, can actually lead to scarring of the cardiac tissue (heart), cardiac hypertrophy (growth) which could lead to irregular heartbeats and potentially cardiac arrest.

Extreme endurance activity has never been recommended for overall health…..any more than 60mins a day and you may see diminishing returns!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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