Guest Post: It Comes Naturally Blog – OVERTRAINING

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26. November 2014 by swissfitchick

First I have to thank the gorgeous Lucie for letting me guest post on her amazing blog.

104_0069I was so excited when I got the invitation from Lucie. Subject up to me?? What would I write about?

Rule 1 to blog writing – write about what you know. Great, right, what do I know? Well, I work in Digital Marketing, I know about that. Ummm…

Rule 2 – know your audience? Ok, what would Lucie’s audience like? Huh, I’m Lucie’s audience, what do I like. I love her zaniness, but what really caught my eye was the eloquent way she talks about her eating disorder. Many of her thoughts and experiences reflect mine.

However, of course, there is far more to it than can be covered in one post. So I’m focussing on one aspect of my eating disorder. One aspect which is still with me, and I still haven’t overcome: Compulsive exercise.

I’ve written on my own blog before about overtraining – but this looks into the psychological aspects of exercise as a form of restriction.

A brief overview from Your Eatopia.

Normal exercise is said to involve:

  1. Adequate rest. Additional rest when injured to achieve full recovery.
  2. Taking in adequate energy in correctly timed intervals to stay strong and at peak performance at all times. Any accidental undernourishment is quickly rectified.

Does that sound like you? If not, you may want to consider Exercise Addiction or Anorexia Athletica.

But I’m not a doctor, I only know my experiences. I’ve managed to ‘break up’ with the scales – both those in the bathroom, and those in the kitchen. I’ve stopped tracking my food (to an extent, I still have my crazy food rules). But I know I exercise too much.

Caption: pre- and post-workout selfie

sweaty selfie‘Too much’ is subjective. As I outlined in my overtraining post, enough is considered by the government as:

  • At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and
  • muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

(there are some alternatives – check them out on my blog)

But it’s more how you ‘interact’ with exercise.

For me, if I’m in a bad mood, Ben sends me to the gym. Within a few moments, I’m happier and I return home in a much better mood.

I always exercise with a mind to how many calories I’m burning (I have freaked out because I’ve forgotten my heart rate monitor/calorie counter – Ben has had to deliver it to work)

I exercise to look good – I recently gave up a yoga session to replace it with a high-calorie burning cardio class. In other circumstances I have added in an extra cardio class if I want to keep my yoga or strength training class.

Exercise rigidity – I have my set routine laid out. I will not shift this because of injury –My first thought when my routine changes – such as a work social, or a birthday meal, is how it will impact on my exercise routine. I have left events early, or skipped them all together because it clashes with classes. I have also taken holiday from work in order to get my exercise in during the day because I have plans in the evening.

How do you know when you have a true friend? When they give you unsolicited advice which they know will be hard for you to take.

pretty true words

Friend: “Emily, you exercise too much”

Ben (my hubby) looks on knowingly; he’s been there many a time.

Friend “I know you exercise because you’re not happy with how you look, but you’re tiny. Everyone apart from you knows you’re tiny”.

Ben gives a smug smile.

I wonder, have they been talking??

But I know that she knows how I’m feeling because she’s been there.

When I went to London recently I walked myself into tendonitis, I had to just walk everywhere because I didn’t have access to a gym and my routine had changed. It didn’t stop me returning to the gym when I got home, I did ease up on the depth of my lunges and squats, but with the help of a sports therapist I kept going.

People say there are much worse addictions to have. I can’t argue with that but it can still be harmful and again I would look at considering it an ‘addiction’; is it addiction or restriction?

It’s tough when you have an addiction to something which is actively encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle but I feel thankful that I have those around to support me.

Thanks for reading J God bless.

3 thoughts on “Guest Post: It Comes Naturally Blog – OVERTRAINING

  1. cottercrunch says:

    this is a wonderful honest post friend! and so needed as we enter into thanksgiving and christmas. A new focus, not to burn calories but to be happy in our bodies and nourish them! thanks for sharing your story on lucie’s blog!

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