Over-Exercising is Stressing You Out in More Ways Than…

I often see women who take my barre class (aka leg day workout) as their warm-up or cool down to their intense spin or step classes. Or they think they still need to go run on the treadmill afterwards to “get their cardio in” because surely 55 minutes of squats, lunges, planks, core and weight lifting can’t be enough. *face palm*

But here’s the deal: Spending multiple hours and doing cardio every day to lose weight is so unnecessary! Aside from the strain this type of schedule can put on your life and relationships, it simply isn’t good for your body to dedicate multiple hours at the gym.

Did you know that over-exercising is perceived as physical STRESS to your body, and stress causes your body to hold onto fat? Much like the side-effects of emotional stress, your body naturally flips into “fight-or-flight” mode and stores extra fat to ensure you’re properly fueled should danger erupt. We aren’t meant to live life with that much cortisol coursing through our bodies! I think we often chalk stress up only to drama in our lives, but it can be self-inflicting if we’re over-exercising throughout the week in the hopes of losing weight.

In the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, we are strategic and efficient with our workouts. As the pyramid shows below, we put an emphasis on nutrition as the foundation for good health, followed by rest and 30-45 minutes of weight training. We are intentional with synching our workouts to our carb cycling, and are healthier for it. I went from wandering around the gym trying different equipment, to spending a half-hour in my basement knocking out my workout and getting on with my life.

FASTer Way to Fat Loss Pyramid

My next round of FWTFL begins Monday, March 25th and I would love to introduce you to a more sustainable way to get your workouts in 💪🏼👊🏼 Spots are limited so click this link for more information or to secure your spot!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at belowthefork.com. Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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