A few weeks after Adele quite literally broke the internet with her comeback, health experts are passing comment on her fitness routine which was revealed during her big-hitting cover interview with Vogue.
While taking a deep dive into all-things-Adele, including her upcoming fourth album and divorce from Simon Konecki, Adele also discussed her self-proclaimed "addiction" to exercise, which she said not only saw her lose weight, but also improve her mental health.
Speaking about her fitness journey, Adele explained that she works out "two or three times a day," adding "I do my weights in the morning, then I normally hike or I box in the afternoon, and then I go and do my cardio at night."
But, since the 33-year-old shared details of her workout schedule, numerous medical and fitness experts have warned that this amount of daily exercise may not be healthy for everyone. That said, it's also important to keep in mind that everybody is different and therefore everybody's fitness journey is different too – there's no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to fitness (but it's important to recognise the signs of over-exercising and to seek help if you're displaying them).
In response to Adele's fitness regime, WebMD chief medical officer John Whyte told The New York Post that "working out two to three times a day is way too much."
However, Dr Elizabeth Rogers, Associate Clinical Director at Bupa Health Clinics, says that might not necessarily be the case for everyone. "The amount of exercise we can safely carry out will vary from person to person," she says, before pointing out that "although training a few times a day can accelerate muscle growth and strength, it’s important to avoid overexercising and know your limits."
Dr Rogers emphasises that your attitude towards exercise is an important factor in determining whether or not you're working out too much. "Exercise is great for boosting your mood and releasing endorphins, but once you start to lack motivation to go to the gym or begin to dread a workout, chances are you’ve trained too hard," she says, "if it begins to feel like you’re addicted to it – or that you’re finding it hard to enjoy life if you miss a session or two – it may be worth speaking to a doctor, in case there are other factors at play."
Like Dr Rogers, the UK's eating disorder charity Beat says over-exercising is something we ought to be mindful of. "Whilst excessive exercising is not an eating disorder in its own right, it can occur in conjunction with other symptoms in eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or OSFED," explains Beat's Director of External Affairs, Tom Quinn.
"For some people, exercise can become a compulsion, and it’s important to recognise the signs so you can seek the right support," says Dr Rogers. "Common signs of exercise compulsion include feeling guilty or anxious if you don’t exercise, you skip work or social events to exercise, and you continue to exercise, even if you are injured or sick."
If you recognise any of these signs, both Dr Rogers and Beat suggest speaking to your GP as soon as possible, as there is support available.
Beat is the UK's leading charity dedicated to helping people with eating disorders. If you or someone you know is struggling and want to seek help, call their helpline on 0808 801 0677 or visit their website for more details.
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