As long as I can remember, I’ve been told that being active is what brings up your energy and keeps you awake all day long. This is mostly why I’ve wanted to become a morning workout-er, to get my blood pumping and wake me up and energized for the day ahead. It wasn’t until recently that it was brought to my attention that with the amount of high-intensity working out that I do may be the main cause of why 1. I’m tired often and 2. why I’m not seeing more results from my workouts.
I didn’t really realize how much time I was spending in the gym. I taught my normal 3 spin classes per week. I also would spin Tuesdays and Saturdays as a rider as more of a “social” thing with friends. Then I’d double up some days so that I was able to lift weights, were a lot less “high-intensity” than spin, and it was just time to spend alone and work on me, instead of being there for 50 other people and having their best workout in mind.
First things first. I’ve been teaching spin for 2 years now, and when you do the same exercise over and over your body gets super used to it and you stop seeing drastic changes. I DID see drastic changes when I started teaching. I lost about 10 lbs and got a lot leaner than I was. However, I’ve stopped seeing those changes which is why I’ve adding weight training to my routine. But on top of not having a ton of time to spend in the gym, it’s just a lot in one week.
Too much exercise can product more of a hormone in the body called cortisol, and too much cortisol can actually cause fat production in the tummy area (ahem, my problem area), makes you tired, can make you feel depressed and is just not a good time in big doses. And because most of the time I spend doing high-intensity cardio, too much of it can cause super dehydration, which again leads to feeling very drained and lethargic. I can absolutely relate to this, because when I was drinking upwards of 3 litres of water per day, my energy was next level. ***Note to self, start aiming for 3 litres of water per day again, why’d I stop this?
I’ve been trying to gain some muscle mass as well, my arms are very skinny and I’m overall not very strong. I want to increase my strength and just look a little more toned. With the amount of cardio that I do it’s hard to put on muscle because my body resorts to using my muscle for energy when I’ve depleted my glucose stores. In order to prevent that from happening, the mass amounts of cardio I do has to come down.
Now while I’m not entirely ready to give up all my social-spin classes, I’ve cut down one. I used to spin with a handful of girlfriends on Saturdays and then we all go for coffee and girl talk. Last week was the first week that I skipped the spin part and just met them for coffee. I have to admit, I didn’t hate it lol. I meant to go to the gym to do weight lifting at a slower pace, but the public transit was just a mess so I ended up taking the day off of exercise entirely. And I enjoyed it. I KNOW, it’s weird for me to take a day off of exercise but I did not mind at all.
So that being said, this week I cut back my workouts a lot because I took on more shifts at work, but I have to find time to keep my weight lifting appointments with myself. So next week is a new week and I’m going to get back at it. Less cardio, more water, more weights, more time management.
Have you ever been in a “over training” predicament before?