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Why I Won’t Workout Everyday

Happy Last week of June everyone!! Seriously, I know I say it all the time but I cannot believe that it’s almost July! I feel like every year that month is notoriously busy, which always makes summer just fly by!

Side night: I really think writing out my weekly workout schedule really holds me accountable. It’s tough to plan out my exercise time in addition to meals, kid activities etc, but it helps to have that devoted time penciled in.

Maybe I should take my own advice and keep up with that, right?

To start off this post, I want to say that this is my personal opinion and what works for me!  I have a ton of exercise experience ranging from sports to running a marathon, boot camp classes to yoga and a lot in between. Exercise has always been a part of my life- I love how it makes me feel physically and mentally.

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I apply this to all aspects of my life. It drives me bonkers as I keep hearing boutique fitness studios recommend clients to take class everyday or overhearing a client say “I need to lose weight, I’m going to take xx class 2x a day etc.”  Back up what?!

No, no, no!!

Even if you are on a specific weight loss journey, the recommended amount of weight loss is 1-2 pounds a WEEK. So regardless of your goals, it’s so important to be gradual. We live in such an instant society from texting a friend or ordering your groceries online…but the human body does not and will not work that way. Our bodies need rest days to recover and rebuild!

What happens when you OVER exercise? There are so much more beside an injury. I checked out a recent Idea Health and Fitness Article and below are some other results of over-training:

“insomnia and sleep disturbances
persistent fatigue and apathy
disrupted heart rate variability
stress, irritability and restlessness
lack of mental concentration
change in appetite
persistent muscle soreness
loss of body mass”

Um yikes!!

I typically workout 4-5 times a week. I do 1-2 tough workouts a week- either a faster/longer run or a HIIT workout where I go all out. The rest of the workouts are at a moderate pace- a shorter run, using lighter weights during a strength training sesh or a slower yoga flow. On my rest days, I may go on a slow walk with the dog or swim in the pool with the kids. I love my rest days as when I do go back to my workouts, my body feels anxious and ready for them!

 

Are you a long time fitness enthusiast or an instructor- how often do you workout?

Please share in the comments below!

 

 

 

My First Blog Conference

As I sat down to write this post, I had a hard time knowing where to start. It’s a little difficult to put into words the Blog Fest experience. So much energy, So much learning and So much inspiration. Oh and soreness too, lots of workouts and my body was definitely feeling it, but in a good way of course!

I finally had the opportunity to meet some twitter/blogging friends in person! (shout out to Caroline and Moe)

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Our days were packed with exercise classes, expo time, and lectures.

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It’s Casey from Blogilates!

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A panel with Run Eat Repeat, PB Fingers, and Fitnessista! So cool to see them in person. They are all just as sweet and funny as they seem on their blogs.

The Yoga class was awesome and an especially great way to start the day.

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 (Photo Credit to Fit Appraoch)

Listening to Jillian Michaels was the highlight of the weekend. For sure.

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I’ve seen Biggest Loser over the years and she seemed so intimidating….it wasn’t that I didn’t like her, but I was indifferent.  After hearing her speech, I can proudly say I am a fan. Her tv persona is SO different than how she is in person: she’s humble, sweet, and really hilarious. She seemed genuinely happy to be the keynote at our event. Super motivating and inspiring.

My biggest take away from this weekend was reminding myself why I started a blog in the first place.

Writing has always been a passion of mine. I loved writing papers in college (weird, I know). Being in the workforce the past couple of years took me away from pursuing that avenue much. I’ve read blogs for years and one day it clicked “well I could write one too.” I started when we had recently moved down to LA, didn’t have much of a social life and wanted an outlet for my fitness passion.

After this weekend I feel like I got another push to dive back into my writing and the ‘ol blog. I’m hoping someday to have the opportunity to do some freelancing discussing various fitness topics. We’ll see what the future holds, but writing that down makes me feel excited!

Have you been to a blog conference? 

What did you learn? 

Until next time! ~Marielle