I didn’t question it until my body rebelled

⁠If you’ve got a sec, I have a little story to tell…
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It all started last fall when Orangetheory moved to our town. I was already a fan of the workouts, and the location was 6 minutes from our house. It was an EASY decision to join! ⁠⠀
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I had always enjoyed a challenging, sweaty workout… the ones that leave your mind, body, and soul a little exhausted, so you just knew you got in a good workout? Well, OTF was that workout! ⁠⠀
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Because this was a professionally run, science-backed program, I attributed the fatigue, occasional naps, and irritability I was experiencing to my age, stress, and just harder-than-usual workouts.⁠⠀
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When an InBody scan revealed I had “lost” weight on the scale, but GAINED body fat and LOST muscle mass, I realized something needed to change. I was overtraining and my body hated it. The workouts were too intense (for me), and I was doing them too frequently (for me).⁠⠀

I discovered that I had crushed my adrenals and my cortisol was through the roof. I also had significant blood sugar issues (I was waking up in the middle of the night hungry), my hair was falling out, and my mid-section was looking a bit puffy. ⁠⠀⁠⠀

I say all this because we’ve been conditioned to think diets and exercise should be hard. We are guaranteed amazing results, but we don’t question whether the process is really good for us.⁠⠀
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We push through the hunger or the discomfort because we think that’s normal. No pain, no gain, right? And it’s not until something major happens that we finally pause and review.⁠⠀
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Don’t be like me and wait until your body rebels. Take your progress and health into your own hands and listen to the biofeedback cues your body gives you. Your body will never steer you wrong.⁠⠀

Since I quit Orangetheory, I’ve stuck to mainly strength training with very little cardio (about 60 minutes per week) for my workouts, and I’m finally starting to feel better. I have energy again, my hair isn’t falling out like crazy, and the fat around my mid-section is finally starting to disappear. It took time and patience to get to this place, but it’s all worth it!
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8 Comments

  1. I’m so thankful that more people are talking about the negative effects of prolonged intense cardio. This has been so incredibly helpful and eye opening for me!

  2. My body also does not like too much intensity. I do strength training 5x per week and varying rep ranges and 1-2 days of up to 10 min of hitt (either jump rope, rower, ball slams, etc). That’s all i need. If i do more than that i see it in my skin immediately (hormonal cystic acne) so I know to stop! occassionally i add a day of yoga but really i just walk and I love it!

  3. Yes!! This was my experience with 80 Day Obsession from BeachBody. I felt like it had to be hard to work to work and I’m the type of person that wants to finish things. So I did the entire 80 days as prescribed (full workouts, 6 days a week, and the nutrition plan) and definitely had adrenal issues afterwards. I crashed so hard for 4 months that I gained back every pound that I lost. And maybe it would work for someone else but as you said, I should have listened to my body before it was too late and maybe still would have seen gains.

    1. Same! I have tried to 80 DO twice but by the end of month one I was so tired I couldn’t do anything else. Kind of difficult when you work full time and have a kid who has gymnastics 3 days a week! I had the same experience with Insanity Max 30. I find the all of the 21 Day Fix versions work so much better for me long term!

  4. Love this. I started strength training about one year ago after being a cardio junkie my whole adult life. I have never felt or looked better! I use Fitness Blender and a set of free weights; easy peasy!

  5. I really appreciate this post. I spent my 20’s as a cardio junkie; an hour a day for many days a week felt like the way to way to ‘be lean’. I was so shocked (and then pleased!) to discover in my 30’s that my body responds better to short intense bursts, like 15-20 minutes of HIIT 1-3 times a week, and lots of walking with some Pilates. My appetite dramatically decreased, my body fat dropped, my lean muscle increased, my weight dropped almost 10 pounds without effort, and I have more energy (and time!). It’s a beautiful thing to be able to listen and respond to what your body actually needs and prefers.

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