So the big question is, what’s too much exercise? There is no one size fits all answer, but I can tell you that everyone I have worked with is doing at least one exercise that their body does not like! For some people over-exercise could be the 10,000 steps they are aiming for daily, for others their CrossFit classes or running marathons. We are all different. Stop your misery at the gym and find what works for you and more importantly find exercise that is fun. The kind of fun you used to have on the playground, things that lift your spirit.
If your attempts to lose weight and / or feel better aren't working, try this. Eat primarily from this list of foods and only exercise for 10 minutes for three days during (ideally every other day) the work week. On the weekend, take a day to exercise for a longer period, women 30 minutes, men 45 minutes, and see how you feel. Do you feel more energetic and less stressed? That’s a good sign that you would actually do better taking it down a notch or taking periodic breaks from your go-go-go schedule and start listening to what your body is telling you.
Here are some signs you are pushing exercise too hard: fatigue, irritability, starving after your workouts, breakouts, moodswings, injuries, and hair loss. You can try cutting back your workouts or switching to another form! If you’ve been running, then adding weight training might be what your body needs. Love your kettle bells or CrossFit? Try some yoga. The body always benefits from switching it up.
Here are some of the least reactive foods, try eating 80 to 90 percent of your diet from these foods for a week.