I definitely needed to read this - in July I started from doing NOTHING, and jumped into hitting the gym hard (twice a day, an hour each time, split between lifting and cardio), which I managed to keep up for about 9 weeks. The problem was, I was just worn the heck out. Between the increased calorie burn and the reduced calorie intake, I lost 40+ lb, which is great... but I was feeling stressed / frustrated that I wasn't losing as fast anymore, and felt that my workouts weren't paying off, *and* was starting to get down on myself for being lazy.
I dialed back for about a week, and feel much better now. I'm still going twice-a-day during the week (lunch and evening), but weekends now have me cutting back to once a day plus doing some kind of "active recovery" (housework, walking around my neighborhood, etc.)
I'm glad I read this article. My body has been hurting this week and maybe I am over doing my cardio. I did Zumba 3 days in a row but on day two my body felt REALLY tired and day three was no better. I think I am going to start doing that every other day because high intensity Zumba is kind of hard on the body and those in between days can help repair whatever is needed.
I'm a sick puppy, I enjoy a little muscle soreness. I'm not talking, can't walk soreness, or even everyday soreness; just a little "Ugh" every now and then to remind me that I just did an awesome workout.
This article is just in time. Yes, I will take this weekend off (after a week and a half with no breaks) and eat very well (maybe throw more veggies in the diet when I'm hungry too) and relax at the beach!
Today my legs are so sore--yesterday hamstrings, today, quads. I worked out Mon and Tuesday, rested Wed and felt better so did class yesterday and today--and now I am sore... More stretching, I guess.
10/11/2012 6:20:09 PM
I BEEN GOING TO THE GYM FOR THE LAST 10 YRS AND I BURN OF 1000 CALORIES 3 TIMES A WEEK AND DAYS I NOT THERE I RUN FIVE MILES AND WALK 4 MILES 6 EVENING A WEEK, IM WONDERING IS THIS TO MUCH EXERCISE? I DO GET ANXIOUS IF I DON'T GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING
I just read this article and it certainly explains why I am feeling the way I am feeling today. I just dreaded getting my bike out for another drive. I didn't want to think about walking - which I love and I didn't even want to look at an exercise video. I think I'm close to exercise burnout. I was blaming this blah feeling on food I had yesterday but maybe I am close to dropping from overexercise. I am going to have an offday today and see how I feel tomorrow.
This article cleared up a lot of warning signs that I've tended to ignore. I always like to push myself hard during workouts: harder is better, and more is better. I tend to lose strength easily, and I tend to overtrain easily. I just think that if I keep pushing, I'll get past the plateau, even though sometimes four weeks into training, I feel like I'm weaker than I was when I was in week two.
In spite of that, I was never really listening to my body, and now I have a stress fracture in my right foot. The funny thing is that now my workouts are shorter and more intense (although low-impact), and my weight is easier to control. I should have listened to my body!
I needed this. I couldn't finish my workout today. I feel like I don't push myself enough. Maybe I am doing to much to soon. I'll slow down so that I don't injure myself. I want to sustain and keep this up.
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