When you’re trying to get in shape, it can feel like there’s always a wall in front of you, blocking you from the healthier life that you deserve. It doesn’t have to be that way at all. You just need quality information that you can trust.

So today’s fitness tip is simple: if you really want to lose weight, build muscle, and get healthy, you will need to understand that longer times in the gym really aren’t better.

It’s actually pretty simple – you don’t want to strain your body too much. There’s a fine line between pushing your body and letting it repair itself and constantly training hard around the clock while your body would love to do nothing more than rest. You have to take things like this into perspective. Sure, you could train hard all of the time, but that creates stress on your body. When you add massive stress like that, you’re raising levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is responsible for that sluggish, stubborn fat around our midsection that just won’t go away. By leading a calmer life you can lower your cortisol levels to the point where you don’t have to worry about them too terribly much.

Give yourself plenty of rest days when you are getting started. Yes, we’re aware that there are programs that only give you one rest day a week — that’s really not the best for your body, and you will definitely feel the pain before too long.

Everything has a price. If you want a healthier body and a sleek frame, you do indeed have to work for it. However, it’s the level of work that we’re concerned with. We don’t want you to think that you have to work out 7 days a week for hours at a time.

A 20 minute interval in the gym can still give you great results — anything over 45 minutes is really too much at one time, and you might need to scale accordingly.

When something isn’t fun, we tend not to want to do it. The overall key to better fitness is to make it as fun as possible, no matter how long the road to a better body really is. You just need to keep things in perspective and everything else will fall into place — you’ll see!

By Tobias

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