Serving tables/working out/busy lifestyle...how do I know when to rest?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Hi again! I am obsessed with this forum haha. So, I am a waitress/bartender, and have been for about 4 years. I work out 5-6 times a week (running, high intensity cardio, circuit training, lifting weights), take my dog on a 45 minute hike almost every day, and serve/bartend 6-10 hours a day 4 or 5 days a week. Basically, I rarely sit down. I know that serving tables won't make me lose weight anymore, and I don't count it as a workout or factor it into my daily calorie in/out-take, and it is basically my body's neutral setting because it's so used to it...but I am trying to figure out when to rest. Sometimes I am so exhausted from working a 12 hour day that I can't work out (or any work out I do will be useless). How can I create a work out plan around my active lifestyle that still has an effective amount of rest and intensity that I won't plateau due to exhaustion? Thank you! =)

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on January 07, 2013
at 08:16 PM

Decrease the frequency and/or the intensity of the workouts. Sleep is your friend. A bit of stress can hinder weightloss.


on January 07, 2013
at 07:50 PM

First off, you need to listen to your body! Your body will indicate when you need to rest.

As far as your busy schedule, how about working out before you head to work? That way when you get off work and your exhausted you can just rest.

Plus, the workout in the morning may end up energizing you.



on February 04, 2013
at 10:10 PM

I'd stop counting calories right now. Stress = fat storage. Counting calories = stress. Sounds like you are over-exerting yourself too, waiting tables is hard work! I think the standard recommendation would be to cut back on the high intensity cardio/running, and shorten the workouts. Lift some weights instead. Then rest more.



on December 10, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I also serve. It is a second job for me so I only work 3-4 shifts a week but Like you, I don't factor it into my calories. On the days I do work I cut back on my workouts. I'll either just walk a few miles or maybe run 3-5 miles, maybe some weights. Either way, I keep the workouts down to an hour. On the days I don't serve I will workout as long as I want which is usually 90 minute bikram, 8 mile run, or maybe 5 mile run + some weights. This seems to work well for me.

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