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Overexercising?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today was a lot like yesterday except yesterday I actually did some sort of workout. Yesterday was a run day and since I won't miss out on my runs I went and I struggled through it. Unlike my usual run days I did not come home and burn another 100 to 200 kickboxing with the Kinect in fact I didn't do anything else when I got home. I figured "well I did my workout and that's what counts I'm tired and I don't want to do anymore so I'm not." However, I did feel guilty and kept thinking about it the entire day. So I went to bed early figuring I was just tired and needed a good night's rest.

Today is a non cardio day and while I usually do some in addition to my strength training I did not. I didn't want to I'm just too tired. I was in a better mood when I woke up and felt more energetic today but I've been very stressed about tomorrow's run that I just didn't do much of anything. One thing I did do is read an article here on Spark about overexercising. There were several symptoms including fatigue (been tired for days), headaches (hmm yep had one of those for a few days now), and losing interest and motivation in exercising (yeah that's why I'm writing this). One of the causes of overexercising....trying too much too soon, going from a sedentary lifestyle to working out 45 minutes per day for 6 or 7 days per week. Wow yeah that sounds like me. In fact many of you told me I was probably tired because I wasn't taking any days off. I started this on the 3 and have taken one day off completely and that was last Sunday.

I was fine until my running started suffering. I figured I could fight through fatigue and force myself to workout even if I didn't want to but not at the cost of my running. I have no problem working out everyday obviously but I'm thinking that maybe that's not what's best for me right now. I'm wondering if maybe I should go back to the original setting and just do my runs 3 times per week and not do any other cardio and just do my strength training 3 times per week. I don't know that just seems like I wouldn't actually be doing anything. I know I would still be burning more calories than I take in because I burn more than I eat just living. I would still be able to lose weight right? I don't know I'm so confused as to what I want and what I should do. I WANT to run. I WANT to lose weight. I NEED to stop being so tired, irritable, and on edge. I HAVE to be careful and not injure myself as I can't afford to go to the doctor. I HAVE to find a balance between what I want and what I need to do. I know everyone is different but how do I find what is right for me without overexercising and still be able to lose weight?
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  • BAILEYS7OF9
    If your tired as you say, your body is saying I need a rest. Give it a rest day. It's okay! You can pick it back up where you left off and see how that goes. If you are still tired, then you are doing too much. Do 1/2 the amount of cardio on non run days that you are doing and see if that helps.

    Eventually, your body will catch up and not need the rest time or you won't feel tired and you can bump the cardio back up on the non run days.

    When the weather is nice, I would do my runs, then power walk in the afternoon..even on a day I ran. I wouldn't power walk as fast as the non run days, I realized this and didn't push it.

    hang in there!
    2732 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
    I would try going back to your original plan of run 3 days and do strength 3 days. See how you feel. Once you get back to feeling great again, you can start adding a little more cardio.
    2732 days ago
  • DORIS32
    Sometimes your body needs rest to build mucles as much as it needs exercise. It needs time to work at building the muscle, so resting is needed like every 3-4 days - especially if you are working hard.
    2732 days ago
  • GABBIEGIRL614
    Girlie, it's going to be okay. I promise. I don't know how, but I do know it will be. I think what some of the other posters have said could be helpful to you. Maybe try some "active rest" a couple days a week....yoga, pilates, a gentle walk, something to keep you muscles moving, but nothing intense.
    I know I'm running three days a week and doing zumba the other three (one full and complete rest day a week) but to me, Zumba is relaxing. Yeah, I'm working my tush off, but I'm laughing and smiling the whole darn time. Oddly, zumba days are my "easy" days. On Saturdays, I'm starting to pick up a pilates class after my zumba class. I've taken pilates before, and it's a nice, relaxing, less "intense" work out, but still burns calories and builds lean muscle.
    You're my cheerleader, girl! Don't give up hope or faith. If running is the most important thing to you, then ease up on the rest until the "frumpy grumpies" go away. They will, and then you'll be smokin' six days a week again.
    This too, shall pass. I promise.
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    2733 days ago
  • HEALTHYMAMA115
    Your body does need rest. Maybe run 3 times a week and take a walk for another two days? Then maybe try taking 1-2 days completely off and see how you feel. The most important part is to listen to what your body is telling you. Sounds like it is telling you that you are overworked and need to rest. Good luck, whatever changes you decide to make. emoticon
    2733 days ago
  • JUNEPA
    Do you have any low-impact cardio you can do? I am an indoor rower, low-impact and very good cardio and calorie burning exericise. Swimming is also good and biking. I run the Galloway method, not more than 3 days a week, but do other low-impact cardio for more of a calorie and conditioning burn.

    Just in case you are interested in considering an alternate way to train, I like this system better than C25k because C25k starts with intervals but eventually trains you to run the whole distance while Galloway you always run intervals, I have improved my personal bests and stayed injury-free using this method, plus it is very friendly to start up again when you stop for a while for whatever reason

    http://www.jeffgallow
    ay.com/training/5k.html


    2733 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2011 12:13:12 AM
  • MAGGIE805
    It's ok to pull back a bit and just walk, or yoga. I learned it the hard way when I became frustrated with myself for not being able to accomplish wk1 of b210k after getting through c25k with no problems. Sometimes it's just our bodies way of telling us to "slow down". It's frustrating, for sure. But you don't want an injury that will put you off from running for awhile. With lot's of rest, your times will get better and you will be less frustrated.


    2733 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    I'm inexperienced and don't have a solid answer for you, but the best advice I can give is that it is trial and error. If you are tired, rest. If you are lethargic and lazy, that's different. If you are legitimately tired, rest. Listen to your body. If you think you are doing too, you probably are. Pull back a little, get some rest, then ramp back up a little but not as much as before. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. Also, you may need to focus less on exercise and think about stress management instead. Stress can definitely cause lots of fatigue. I hope this helps!
    2733 days ago
  • JACRBUNCH
    You just described my week. I too came to the conclusion that maybe I am doing to much too soon. Thanks for sharing.
    2733 days ago
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