Exercise is always a good thing, right? And so it's probably crossed your mind before that you could work out twice a day…But is that really healthy? And is it possible, long-term?
As long as you're going about it the right way, it can actually be extremely beneficial to work out twice a day. The reason you probably don't hear much about it is because most people either can't make time for it, or they end up pushing themselves too hard and not doing it ever again.
But I'm going to tell you how to work out twice a day the right way, so you reap the benefits without overdoing it.
First of all, if you're going to try this routine, then it goes without saying you should be confident in your overall health. You need to maintain a good diet, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep every night.
You also need to make sure you still give yourself enough recovery time between workouts…You may have heard that your muscles need 24 hours of rest to recover after lifting. But that's only true when it comes to working the same muscle groups again, and experts say that if you do a more rigorous training session earlier in the day and a lighter training session later, then you only really need to wait 4 to 6 hours between the two. The trick is, do a longer, heavier session the first time and a shorter, later session the second time.
But I also haven't yet explained why two sessions are better than one…
Let's say you do two PiYo sessions per day. This really compounds the benefits of the cardio, like improving cholesterol and reducing blood pressure, and…maybe an even bigger benefit…boosting your energy levels greatly! Studies show that doing two cardio sessions, as long as you don't over-train, gives you more energy throughout the day.
The cons for someone who wants to work out twice a day only really come around when you DO start over-training. You really need to listen to your body and make sure you don't strain it. That means, if you're a beginner exerciser, you really shouldn't even consider the "work out twice a day" idea. Dull pain for a couple of days is okay, but if you find your muscles being sore for more than two days in a row, that means you're working out too hard for your current level. And that's nothing to be ashamed of. Just know your limits and dial it back a little!
Working Your Way Up
But then, as you start working out on a regular basis, you may start to notice that your increased energy levels leave you itching for another brisk walk or short jog, even though you've already exercised that day. Here's another time when you should listen to your body! You're craving the endorphins and the dopamine hit of more exercise, and you are ready to try to work out twice a day. It's definitely not for everyone, and you should always take at least a couple days off every week. But if you vary your workouts and keep one of the workouts light, you may find yourself loving this routine!