If you're a fitness-lover who truly loves to work out and pulls a few two-a-days each week, you've likely heard people tell you that it's too much on the body. I've certainly heard that many times myself. Sometimes I like to do a strength session in the morning and go for a run later in the evening after work. But I never feel burnt out or exhausted. So I asked Autumn Calabrese, Beachbody Super Trainer, for her opinion on the matter. Spoiler alert: she's a fan.
"I'm never one to tell people, 'Don't move your body, that's bad.' It's absolutely not," Autumn told POPSUGAR. "If you think about it, two hours of exercise a day in a 24-hour day, when we're sitting the rest of the time, is really not a big deal. People look at it and think you're crazy. But it's not unhealthy!"
Autumn definitely approves of working out twice a day, but she wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't experienced in the gym, or someone who hasn't worked out in a while. "I wouldn't recommend jumping into two workouts a day [if] you're new to fitness," she said. "I would ease my way into that."
Even though there's nothing inherently wrong with working out a lot, Autumn says there are some signs to watch out for. "It's unhealthy if you're pushing your body to the point where your body isn't getting time to recover. That's the key," she explained. "You have to make sure you're fueling your body, meaning you're giving your body enough food to handle that much exercise. You have to make sure you're giving your body enough sleep, because sleep is where all the magic happens and where the recovery process really happens."
In other words, you can't sleep for five hours a night and expect two hours of rigorous exercise to not take a toll on the body. Get a solid 7-8 hours a sleep a night. Autumn added, "You need to make sure you're foam rolling or getting a massage when you need it. So there's nothing wrong with [working out twice a day] if you take the other necessary steps to take care of your body."