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Should You Be Working Out Twice a Day?

By Stepy Kamei

We all know how important it is to stay fit and stick to a regular exercise regimen. Still, it's important to remember that staying fit with consistent exercise isn't just about vanity or wanting to look good -- it's good, and even downright necessary, for your overall health and wellness. After all, countless scientific studies have revealed a very strong correlation between people who exercise on a regular basis, and a lack of developing health issues such as insomnia, weight gain, anxiety, and cardiovascular disease, to name just a few. Consequently, people who do not stick to a regular workout routine tend to experience a greater chance of developing many of these health concerns in the future.

There's more than one way to get in a good workout, as you may already know from all the different types of fitness routines out there. From yoga to pilates to a classic morning run, there's something out there for everyone. One of the more recent fitness fads right now is doubling up on workouts and exercising twice a day. Is this really healthy -- and should you consider implementing it into your routine?

Weighing Benefits and Risks of Doubling Up on Exercise

Sure, exericise is important, and if we're being honest, the vast majority of us simply aren't getting in enough of it as we should. Still, does this necessarily mean that doubling up on exercise can possibly make up for all the times we've missed out on a workout? There's not too much evidence to point to a definitive conclusion. When it comes down to it, it really depends on each person's individual and specific health needs -- as well as how much physical activity they can handle. 

If you are a generally fit and active person, you can probably at least consider trying out so-called "double-days" of exercise at least once or twice a week. However, you'll still want to make sure you aren't overdoing it. For instance, if you head to the gym early in the morning and lift weights for an hour, that's a pretty intense workout. So, for your workout later that evening, consider something low-impact, such as swimming or cycling to wind down the day.

How do you know if you're not ready for double days? If you're new to exercise, or often find yourself winded after pushing yourself to go longer than normal, you should probably wait until you've built up a little more stamina.

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