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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Exercise: Are you doing too much, too soon?

When I used to work in gyms and aerobic studios there was one thing that kind of bothered still does when I get messages from frustrated people about having a hard time.

No, not typical gym etiquette being ignored.

It was/is the amount of women coming in when we reopened in the afternoon & staying until we close...4 hours of classes.  Not to mention all cardio.  Yeah, I'm looking at you my beginners.

Why is this a bad idea?

This is not livable.  Are you going to exercise 4 hours a day, 6-7 days a week forever?  I know shows like Extreme Weight Loss and Biggest Loser show absolute newbies working out 6+ hours a day but I hope y'all realize that those shows aren't exactly real life.

I know for me it isn't something I'd care or want to do.  

So what do you start with?

If you are totally inactive, try for 30 minutes a day.  Or if you are like me, I was so out of shape, I started out with 5-10 minutes a day.  Slowly work your time up.  Rome wasn't built in a day.

All cardio?  Try body weight or some kind of strength exercises too.  Push-ups, lunges, squats, etc....which all can be modified depending on experience.

Above all, when in doubt, do something you enjoy.  If you enjoy it, you'll be more likely to stick with it.

Just don't run yourself into the ground or you'll probably get frustrated and walk away.

It's all about finding a balance.  Find yours <3


  1. This is a great post, I'm about to start exercising again after months of not due to injury and its made me think. 30 minutes a day is a good way to build it up slowly. I think sometimes its the thought of doing an hour long class that puts me off when I know how unfit I am. Its crazy trying to do 4-5 hours.

  2. I started a few weeks ago only able to do 3 minutes at a time. I'm up to 7. My (eventual) goal is an hour a day.

    I think it's important to note that Extreme Weight Loss makes it seem like all they ever do is work out, but it's not true. Many of them are still going to work and such. Jacqui McCoy (sp?) has stated she worked out 2 hours a day in the beginning and 4 toward the end of her year. The ones that work out all day every day are the ones that choose to do so, a couple of them have spoken out since then and said they wish they hadn't done it that way.

  3. So true! Yes, I think it is VERY important for newbies to be very consistent with their exercise schedules at first. But way too much exercise is not better. It just makes a person exhausted.

    I exercise about 5 hours per week at the gym, mostly on weekends, and some pushups at home, and I walk my dog around the neighborhood--which is the amount of exercise that keeps me putting the big 45 pound plates on the bar for bench press. And be able to do splits, headstands, etc...

    A person really does NOT need more than this many hours to do great weightlifting, yoga, or whatever you're doing. You don't have to sacrifice other aspects of your life to become athletic. :D