Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Pros & Cons Of Working Out 6 Days A Week

After months of working out 5 days a week most weeks, I have inadvertently upped that number to 6 in the past couple of weeks, and I'm not hating it. There are definitely pros and cons to working out so frequently. Please note that these are my own opinions on my body's reaction to exercise. Talk to your doctor before starting or increasing the frequency of any exercise program of your own.

Pros

*Stay in shape - the more you workout, the fitter you are unless you creep into overtraining territory - see below in cons.
*Stick with a routine - the more time you take off, the more likely it is you will fall out of the workout routine. If a sweat session is part of your normal day routine, you're less likely to skip it.

Cons

*Potential for overtraining - too much exercise without proper recovery is not good. You end up canceling out the benefits you gain from exercise. I'm resting and foam rolling every chance I get.
*Constant hunger - this could also be from my Half Marathon training, but I could easily consume a box of cereal right now. I won't. But I could.

So as long as I'm not constantly sore/tired, I think I may stick with my 1 long run, 4 short runs, 1 cross train day per week plan after I recover from my Half.

Saturday's workout was 30 minutes on the treadmill - lots of 30 minutes runs as we wind down the training cycle - followed by a 15 minute cool down on the Elliptical...


My cousin is home from college for the weekend, so we moved family dinner to Saturday night. My Aunt cooked dinner for 10 of us. She's amazing. 


Dinner was pork roast, mashed potatoes and green beans…


I baked pumpkin bread for dessert. Carb loading for Sunday's long run at its finest...



How many days per week do you workout? 

Favorite pumpkin dessert? Pumpkin pie! 

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