So on this new workout-every-day-goal of mine, I’ve been waking up in the morning, doing a quick workout, and then coming home at night to get in my “real” workout. A couple of days, I put in a longer workout before work, but sometimes I want to hit an evening yoga class or go for a run. So, I have gone back to doing two-a-days.
Two-a-days are tricky. The biggest issue with two-a-days is showering twice daily. I can’t not shower after my morning workout, since I have to go to work. I usually will shower after my evening workout because a) gross, and b) I don’t want to hang out all evening sweaty and gross. So here are a few tricks I’ve developed to make two-a-days manageable.
- Aim for one low-impact and one high-impact workout a day – walking and boot camp; swimming and spinning; running and yoga; workout DVD and a bike ride.
- Aim for two totally different types of workouts a day – strength and cardio; upper body and lower body, etc.
- Don’t wash your hair more than once a day. I wash mine in the morning, before work.
- Keep both showers as short as possible (the one in which you do not wash your hair should be 2-3 minutes).
- Keep the water temperature as low as possible – hot water irritates and dries out your skin.
- Use a moisturizing body wash and moisturize afterwards, if you’re not too lazy like me. (Do as I say, not as I do…)
The other problem with two-a-days is injury. This is why it is important to not overdo it, and to not do two-a-days more than 3 times a week, unless one workout is really short (20 minutes or less). Don’t do CrossFit and then P90X. Your body needs time to recover. But two-a-days are also an effective way to make sure you get in at least one workout.
Does anyone else have any tips for surviving two-a-days?