Ever since the recent start of fitmixer boot camp #3, I’ve been sore. Every day.
Now, some of this may be due to the fact that I was doing next to nothing while recovering from my most recent surgery. Even though I was running, I feel like I’m starting from square one again with many of these workouts.
What’s more, with the start of the new year and the start of boot camp, I have lots of people who have recently increased their activity level approaching me and asking, “…is this normal?”
Usually, my answer is yes. I wanted to compile these questions into one post to let you all know that, yes, it’s okay, and no, you’re not weird/dying. Here are a few examples:
1. So sore. Everywhere. Every day!
You’re probably working new muscle groups. You’re probably working them harder and/or in a different way from how you have targeted them before. It’s normal. Stay hydrated, grab a foam roller, and stick to it — don’t let the soreness keep you from pressing on and sticking with it.
Maybe I’m sick in the head, but I like being sore the next day. I just think of it as a sign that I’m getting stronger.
2. Working out more, but gaining weight?
I’m sure you were thinking, “I know, muscle weighs more than fat. I’m just gaining muscle!” You may be gaining muscle, but that may not be the culprit. A pound of muscle and a pound of fat actually have the same weight, but the volume of muscle is denser than the volume of fat.
The thing that could be causing a weight gain even though you’re sticking to a diet and exercising more? Fluid exchange.
When I started fitmixer boot camp for the first time, my number on the scale actually went up 9 pounds. I was horrified. I was doing more intense workouts and I was weight training a lot more/running much less. When I contacted my friend Candice, the fitmixer nutritionist, she explained some things to me.
Running causes a lot of fluid loss, and I don’t drink any fluids while running outside (unless it’s crazy hot and I have my Nathan water bottle). During the fitmixer boot camps, I focus on hydration (with my favorite fitmixer aminos), and I tend to sweat a little less. Because I don’t have the automtic air resistance during boot camps that I get during my runs, it may actually feel like I’m sweating more, but I’m not.
SO, my body was gaining muscle and was getting used to losing less fluid during my workouts. Really, I probably should have been hydrating better in the first place, but this explained a lot. That number eventually went way, way, way down. To be exact, I ended at 9 pounds below my starting weight number. I was also way more muscular than I was when I started.
Also, remember, the scale says nothing about your fitness level or body composition. I much prefer to judge my body and fitness level on how my clothes fit and how easily I can perform grueling exercises.
3. Appetite Increase
I WANT ALL THE FOOD. ALL THE TIME.
That’s me on a normal day. When I’m less active for an extended period of time, my hunger does tend to decrease. So, if you’re upping your activity level, you may see a spike in your hunger. If that’s the case, just make sure you’re reaching for the right fuel. I typically advise reaching for something in the fruit, veggie, or nut family.
Got some more questions? Throw them my way. And if you’re sticking with a new exercise endeavor, I give you extra applause today.