Think Twice – Are you Working Out Too Much?
Wait what? Dd Laura just say that? Yep. Yep I did because I want balance. I read this article in Women’s Health Magazine and I really liked some of what they had to say. I wanted to pull out my faves.
So a couple of signs you might be overdoing it:
1. You don’t remember the last time you enjoyed a workout – friends. If you are DREADING every single one – we need to evaluate or mix it up. I know getting up and moving isn’t easy but if it is something you dread all day, maybe it is time to try a new class, move the schedule a bit, give your body a break from the routine.
2. You’re always exhausted and dragging. Exercise (although tough) should also give you a bit of a boost. If you are always feeling lethargic – you may be in burnout mode. Take a day off (take a week off if you have to) but give yourself time to heal. Then ease back in and you’re workouts later will actually improve because you let your body recover. (PS YOU SHOULD NOT BE WORKING OUT 7 DAYS A WEEK – ALWAYS TAKE A TRUE REST DAY)
3. You don’t see results. If you are pushing sooo hard and not seeing any changes in strength or the way you feel, you may have plateaued because your workouts are too repetitive. (This is why boot camp instructors always mix up the workout). Be sure to change your routine up if you need to – add in barre and sub out a boot camp. Try piyo instead of an early morning jog. Whatever you need to do to challenge the body.
What is the key? Balance. We can overdo it and we have to be in tune with our body and willing to recognize when change OR recovery is needed. Honor that body – it is the only one you get!