I wanted to exercise the "equivelant" of 60 minutes a day 7 days a week but I wanted the weekends off so last week I crammed all my days in to only five days. By the end of the week I was depressed, sluggish, irritable, tired, couldn't sleep. I had over done it. I stayed at 1,500 calories a day and at the end of the week gained a pound. So I took a couple days off and now I've upped my calories to my current RMR which is 1,880 and and set a limit of 1 hour a day on exercise. Immediately I dropped two pounds. Your body WILL tell you when your overdoing it or underdoing the food. If you feel fine....you ARE fine! If you don't feel fine...your NOt fine. Listen to your body. It's pretty smart!
I did increase my calories as well, but did NOT increase my protein or fat allowance, so fruit and vegetables is all that's left if I want to stick with healthy eating (which I do). Hope I've done the right thing.
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Fitness Minutes: (5,754) Posts: 548 3/22/09 11:55 A
I've gotten that warning several times and chose to ignore it at first, but later realized that I was over-exercising. I decided to let my body rest 2 days a week. Now I want to go back to exercising 7 days a week, but I don't want to increase my calories. I've decided to increas the amount of fruit and vegetables I eat and get lean calories rather than increasing calories from carbs and meat.
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Fitness Minutes: (9,335) Posts: 1,182 3/21/09 9:25 A
I've gotten that notice three times this week, that my cardio minutes FAR exceed my calories. Not sure what, if anything, I should do about that - so I guess I'll just wait another week and see how things work out. I do know that I HAVE actually exercised too much for my calories in the past, and gained weight. Bumped up my calories by a couple hundred, and lost 5 pounds in two days! But I really don't think I'm to that point, so I'll just let it go for now.
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Fitness Minutes: (27,944) Posts: 649 3/16/09 11:19 P
I'm sure no expert, but perhaps you should go back to the Spark beginning and let Spark recalculate your recommended calories.
You don't say what that level is right now. In the meantime, it looks like you might be wise to eat at the UPPER range and be sure you get enough protein.
It's pretty well accepted that you must fuel your body or it will betray you. You don't want to start burning, and therefore, losing muscle. That can happen if you over-exercise and under-fuel.
Burning muscle can lead to some pretty significant medical problems affecting the kidneys and other body systems.
I'm sure that's the primary reason Spark sends out those warnings.
Not trying to scare you here. Not at all. But it might be time to "tweak" your program so you get where you want to go without taking any unhealthy detours.
Having said that, may I add a HUGE high-five on your dedication. I could use some of that myself. Exercise is a big "issue" for me and I have lots of room for improvement in that department...lol
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Fitness Minutes: (238,571) Posts: 13,765 1/17/09 1:49 A
Everything can be done in excess. The difference is knowing when it is an excess. There are people who exercise 8+ hours everyday of the week. That is excessive. I too have had that message when I excerpted too much over my goal. You are playing catch-up. You know you will not be doing as much once school is back in session. In fact you will be back to trying to squeeze it back into your schedule.
Unless you are exercising 4+ hours per day, 7 days a week, and cutting back severely on your calorie intake, I would not worry.
Momentum is an unstoppable force. Once you've got it, keep using it. . .
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Fitness Minutes: (12,802) Posts: 3,818 1/16/09 3:21 P
LOL...wow that's a first! We have another member on here who's really active, but she's never mentioned that she's been warned that's she's doing too much. I guess as long as you're eating and not hurting yourself with the activity I think I'd be happy. Sometimes it's hard to strike the balance.
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Nothing too serious, but since my school's been on strike, I've been exercising a lot more diligently. So much so, Sparkpeople have a little note under my fitness tracking about how I've "severely exceeded my fitness minutes of the week". I was wondering, should that make a difference in my calorie consumption even though I'm at a fairly high weight? I don't see myself wanting to slow down on the exercise, though I may be forced to once classes resume. Any thoughts here?
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