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Working Out Twice in One Day

Do You Work Out Twice in One Day?

Working out twice in one day — obsessive, dedicated, or totally normal? It depends on whom you ask, but for many, doubling up on daily workouts is the norm. This kind of commitment to fitness has its benefits: burning more calories while also working your muscles double time. But if you're not careful, it can lead to fatigue, cause unreasonable soreness, and even rob the body of essential nutrients. (If you amp up your workouts, it's important that you also up your calorie intake for the day.)

Our advice is that if you do work out twice in one day, vary the workouts: morning cardio and afternoon strength training, or evening yoga preceded by an outdoor run. Doing this ensures that you won't overwork your body or certain muscle groups. If doubling up, think of workouts in three ways: cardio, strength, and flexibility. Pick two of these three on any given day and mind how much time you spend on each.

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tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 5 years
In the Army, I did this pretty often. Especially deployed, since there's nothing to do for downtime so you go to the gym. We'd do weights in the morning and cardio in the evening before dinner.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
Kind of! A few days a week, the husband and I bike to work, so we get about 45 minutes in the morning and another 45 minutes on the way home.
missu2 missu2 5 years
I do strength/toning exercises in the morning when I wake up. After work I usually walk for 2 miles.
laurenislost laurenislost 5 years
I used to do this in college, I wish I still had that kind of dedication!!
stam487 stam487 5 years
I typically schedule cardio in the morning and then some kind of flexibility or strength training after work, like Pilates or a power class. I found that I don't have the energy to do cardio after work and by scheduling twice in one day, I don't have to feel bad if one morning I'm too tired to get up early or I have social plans after work. I know that one way or another, I'm going to get some exercise in.
awesomepants awesomepants 5 years
ugh, two showers in one day. Kill me now.
Susi-May Susi-May 5 years
When training for triathlons, I would often swim in the morning and run or bike in the afternoon. Hydration and nutrition were key.
angri angri 5 years
I usually don't, but I do take walks on breaks at work, and then go to the gym in the evening. Anything more than that, I just don't have the time.
graldi19 graldi19 5 years
not every day, but maybe once a week :)
amber512 amber512 5 years
Not all the time, but I've done it before.
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