I am fat. Very fat. Every day I work out and eat right, and I have gotten less fat, but it has been slow going while nursing, then I had a brilliant idea. I want to teach dance again, but that means I need way more stamina, so I set off to increase my workout time from 5 hours a week, to 15. For 5 weeks I would wake up and workout, the workout would rotate between weight lifting, Zumba (I am a instructor), and ballet. Every evening I would do either a Zumba core workout or a high intensity Zumba, depending on what I did that morning. After 5 weeks I had to take a day off, and it hurt, and I knew it would. I used to dance like this in my younger days, and similar crashes would happen, you see it just isn’t healthy to workout everyday and this is why.
1. You need to let your muscles rest. Training causes tiny tears in your muscles, these need to repair. In order for these to repair you need at least 24 hours in between working those muscles, if you lift weights and work upper body one day, you can work lower body the next, allowing you more workouts throughout the week. However working out everyday can cause the tiny tears to take longer to heal, it is ideal to take a rest day every 3-5 days.
2. Everyday workouts can cause exhaustion. We all know that feeling of dread as we start a workout that melts away and after the workout we feel energized. When you workout everyday you have a higher chance of NOT feeling energized, instead you may end up feeling worse. Not feeling great can really deter you from working out anymore, so you may take a LONG rest (a week or more) only to have a harder time dragging yourself back to those workouts. Help keep yourself on track by keeping on top of rest days, and choosing workouts you enjoy.
3. If you workout during all your free time you have no balance. If every minute of your free time is eaten up by a workout that leaves eventually leaves you tired and grouchy you loose all balance in life. Happy, healthy, people often have a life beyond fitness and health. Choose to create balance within you life, set goals that will make you a happier, healthier person, not goals that will make you exhausted but maybe skinny.
When working out make sure you include rest days, I have gone back to two workouts a day, but have started to include rest days. Stay hydrated, make healthy eating choices, and above all ENJOY your workouts!