Over Exercising is a Waste of a Day.
* Originally Posted February 1, 2016
Don’t do a Barry’s Bootcamp and a Crossfit in the same day. Just don’t. You won’t feel healthier you’ll just feel tireder. I woke up wide-eyed and bushy tailed at 8am. Instead of writing my blog, or reading a book, I used those early hours to play on Facebook. I made a Green Juice and headed to Barry’s Bootcamp. Not sure if I explained this yet, but Barry’sis a high intensity interval training session where you go between working with light to medium weights on the floor and interval running on the treadmill. The class lasts an hour and it’s brutal.
Due to my own schedule mishap, I wound up signing up for a 10am Barry’s and a 12pm Crossfit session. When I realized my mistake but shrugged and thought, “In college I used to do Yoga a 6:00am then take dance class all day. Last year, ran a marathon. I’ll be fine. How hard could it be?” SO HARD!!! If you’re in awesome shape maybe you can do it, but it laid me flat out for the rest of the day. In the hour break between the two classes I chugged a homemade protein shake made with: almonds, almond milk, banana, one date, protein powder, maca powder, and cocoa powder. Then headed off to Crossfit.
I noticed right away I couldn’t lift as much as usually because I was fatigued from the class before and I explained to my coach Fergus, what was going on and he was very encouraging but told me not to kill myself. I felt like I was working on 70% the entire time. At the end of the class we had five minutes to do as many burpees as possible. I know it’s a really rare allergy, but I’m actually allergic to burpees. Every time I do them my breath gets shallow and my skin gets red. Benadryl doesn’t even help. I try to avoid them all together, but in this case I couldn’t. I think the average amount done by people in a five minute period was just over 50. I clocked in at 41. I blame fatigue and incurable allergy.
When I got home I was shot and didn’t feel like cooking anything so I had a can of Amy’s soup for lunch, took a bath because I deserve nice things, then took a nap. I didn’t wind up starting on any work till 5pm. That’s when I finally wrote my blog for the day, and started to cook dinner. Which was ratatouille with quinoa and beans. So basically, the only constructive time spent between 8am and 5pm was two hours of working out and those two hours, made the rest of my time worthless. That’s how I know I over did it.
Exercise is supposed to enhance your life, give you energy, and keep you healthy. If it’s taking so much of your energy that you can’t function properly you need to scale back your workout. NOT STOP YOUR WORKOUT! But scale back. I’m not the only person to over estimate my physical abilities. I think a lot of people do especially when they start exercising after a long break. People wake up at 6am put on their trainers and expect to run three miles in 27 minutes just like they did months, or even years before. When they inevitably can’t do it. They feel deflated, the trainers go back in the closet and then they shrug and say things like, “I used to run, but my body doesn’t work like that anymore.” Bullshit. It’s not that you can’t do it you overdid it. Instead of quitting altogether, why not build back up by going at a slower pace or run/walking it until your endurance is restored? Some soreness is ok, getting tired is ok. But if you’er at point where the rest of your day is spent on the couch because you’re so tired, then what was the point?
I’ll still keep doing Crossfit and Barry’s Bootcamp but I won’t do them in the same day again. At least not for a while. That night before bed I mad Tom and I banana and pineapple smoothies with coconut milk. They tasted like a virgin piña colada. We toasted to health, fitness, and moderation.