It is very possible to workout too much. It is so awesome to be ‘addicted’ to the post high feeling of working out, but at some point we need to take a chill pill and let our body heal.
The funny thing about going to the gym too often is that it can actually make you less fit AND cause you to gain weight! Go figure! “The benefits you want from working out—getting leaner, stronger, healthier—reverse when you don’t take breaks,” says Holly Parker, Ph.D., a lecturer in the psychology department at Harvard University and a certified personal trainer (SELF Magazine). We aren’t built to continually push our bodies to the max everyday, when we give ourselves time to recover THAT is when we really build muscle. AKA a rest day is actually needed to become stronger.
Some common things I hear…
‘I want to win my gym’s challenge’:
I get REALLY annoyed when studios have ‘challenges’ where you have to attend upwards of 30 classes a month, that means more than 1 a day! No one should be pushing for those kinds of goals. INSTEAD we should be pushing for 3-4 awesome workouts a week with a low key stretching class in between. Don’t reward yourself for the number of times you workout, but instead the quality of your workout. Start your own rewards system and tell your gym’s ‘challenge’ to F off.
‘I get super guilty when I miss a workout’:
If you are anything like me you probably feel guilty when you miss a workout. I get super stressed when I know I can’t possibly fit a sweat session into my schedule. Recently, I have instead aimed to ACTUALLY eat healthy that day (instead of half a$$ing it) or skip that after work cocktail. Working out is so great when there is time, but most of us have full time jobs, family’s, friends, and other social activities and those should take precedence! Live life first!
‘I need to get moving at least once a day’:
If you need to ‘get moving’ at least once a day, try active recoveries. Go for a long walk, stretch, take a restorative yoga class. Being ‘active’ everyday is totally cool and healthy, just make sure you bring the notch down at least 1-2 times a week with active recoveries.
Food for thought… xx