Is It Okay To Workout For 2 Hours A Day?
I am always shocked when I get this question. Exercising for 2 hours a day is very ambitious and not what you really want either.
If you are a beginner and you're not training for a special event or sport, NO you should not workout two hours a day.
The Typical Thought Pattern For This Idea
Nearly all of the women that ask me about exercising two hours a day have this single idea in their head:
"I can drastically speed up my weight loss and body toning if I workout twice as hard each day."
However, this is the line of thought that actually leads to more weight gain. When you workout, you have to let your body recover. It's vital and it's actually when all of your results happen.
If you train too hard, too long, back to back you'll undoubtably face overtraining. This is when you don't give your body a chance to recover and you continue to further break it down. Soon enough your body reacts by storing fat and trying as hard as it can to protect itself.
It's a serious issue that should be discussed on it's own.
Unless you're training for an event or athletic event, two hours a day should not be happening. Even then, you should have a very specific workout with rest scheduled as well.
What Can You Do To Speed Up The Results You Want?
So if you want to speed up the results you want now that you know you shouldn't be working out for two hours a day... what can you do?
The best option is work on your nutrition. Here is a little schedule you can follow if you want the maximum burn so to speak.
That is really all you have to do. It's not complex at all.
- Do your three main workouts a week.
- On your off days, do your interval workouts for 20 minutes.
- Keep building your nutrition to where it should be.
When it comes to nutrition, eliminate the foods you know you shouldn't be eating. The processed carbs, the sugar drinks, even the dairy from your diet. Then you can start to track your calories to see what your eating and when.
That knowledge will easily let you figure out where you should be and how to get there on a nutrition level.
Other than that, just work on smiling more each day. If you have that burning desire to see really fast results, put that energy into a personal journal or join a site like Fit Women's Weekly and help inspire other women and cheer them on.
Communities like Fit Women's Weekly are so powerful because they can really help surround you with women like you. It's so refreshing being around women that all what to live healthy rather than being surrounded by the snide remarks of family and friends who second guess you.
The Bottom Line:
So if you are currently working out for two hours a day, STOP!
Use your time better. If you still have free time, get an active hobby but remember that you have to rest your body. It's really important.
Join Fit Women's Weekly. It's a great place where you can learn more about what things to do. You can talk to other women and provide your passion as support too.
Finally really delve into your nutritional life. When you do that, and your consistently workout, you'll burn fat at incredibly rapid rates.
Here is a good study that talks about how 30 minutes of exercise is actually more effective that 60 minutes. Just image what happens when you do the right 30 minutes of exercise.