I get it, working out once a day can be tough enough... but TWICE?! Yes, that's what I'm proposing here. 'Two-a-Day' is the common gym vocab for working out twice in one day. You don't have to be a pro athlete or personal trainer to take on this type of training.
Reasons I love doubling up on workouts:
- Getting in all the strength, flexibility and cardio you need in one session is exhausting and can lead to burn out or unbalanced training. Separate your training into two sessions, say a morning run and afternoon yoga session or morning weight lifting and evening group ride to increase variety.
- Planning a fitness session in the morning and evening helps keep the focus on healthy habits all day long. If you have a barre class after work, you wont be tempted to hit up happy hour. Running later in the day will help keep your nutrition in check leading up to the workout. No lunch buffets or skipping lunch before a run!
- Focus more fully on each activity by separating goals into two different sessions. For example, start the day with a relaxed easy run with a speed work session later in the day. This way you aren't cramming all your goals into one workout which can lead to injury as well as subpar performances.
- It's like therapy. That euphoric post workout accomplished feeling is great! So why not experience it twice a day. It's also nice to have a mental break, clear your head, and focus on your body more often.
- Reach those body goals. Revving up your metabolism with a workout will help burn calories and increase muscle tone. When you do this multiple times a day, you experience more post workout burn, meaning your body stays revved up after the session is done. This leads to a more trained and efficient metabolic system.
How to make them work for you?
- Start slow. Look at your current workouts and divide them into two parts, one early and one late in the day.
- Vary the routine. Don't double up on the same workout in one day. Either vary the type of workout or intensity of each session.
- Vary the duration. Have more time in the morning? Plan longer cardio sessions for that time and keep shorter HIIT for the evening. With two sessions a day you can tailor the workouts to better fit your schedule.
- Give yourself a break. Take at least 6 hours between sessions and listen to your body for signs of over training or potential injury.