"How Gym Junkies Kick The Habit & Feel Better Than Ever"
Ariane Hundt, Clinical Nutritionist & Fitness Expert, found this to be true not only for her clients but also herself.
For years, she ran an hour-long boot camp and competed in marathons and triathlons. But in 2012, the 5-foot-9 Hell’s Kitchen resident faced an ugly truth: Despite working out 14 hours a week, she’d gained 15 pounds.
“My pants didn’t fit anymore,” says Hundt, 42. “My face was very puffy and bloated.”
Hundt focused on getting eight hours of sleep a night, instead of her previous five. These days, she maintains her 150-pound frame with long walks daily and an hour of workouts a week. She also stopped teaching boot camp.
“I didn’t want to promote something I no longer believed in,” says Hundt. “I don’t think someone should commute half an hour to an hour for a class, spend an hour in class, clean, shower, go to work.”
Granted, not everyone agrees, especially those who run boutique fitness studios.
“We still believe high-intensity workouts are highly effective,” says Shari Castelli of the online platform ClassPass, which gives users access to a number of fitness classes for a flat fee. “However, for some [of our users], too much high-intensity exercise can have negative effects over time, causing burnout and potentially injury.”
Exercise junkies say that cutting back can be scary, at least at first.
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