Image via Instagram (@jodhimeares).
There’s no denying that 24 hours in the life of Jodhi Meares is probably quite different to yours or mine.
But while many have labelled her routine “ridiculous”, there’s one aspect in particular that has some experts concerned: the amount of exercise she does.
Counting up all the exercise she mentions in the Harpers Bazaar interview adds up to five and a half hours a day, including two hours of yoga, two and a half hours of walking and one hour of swimming. While we’re sure this isn’t Jodhi’s exercise routine every single day (and this is the maximum amount she does) that’s almost seven times the amount of recommended exercise a day.
“It is excessive,” says Tristan Hill of Atlas Sports Conditioning. “Most professional athletes wouldn’t train more than three to four hours a day.” (Post continues after gallery.)
“Although the exercise she is engaging in isn’t of a hugely high intensity, I would struggle to believe she would have adequate techniques to recover from doing that volume day in, day out, such as nutrition or massage,” he says.
“It’s hard to say how detrimental it could be without knowing exactly what she’s eating, but excessive exercise and over-training has definite health risks,” agrees personal trainer Kirsty Welsh.
“Risks include adrenal fatigue which can then lead to chronic fatigue, as well as other injuries,” she says.
If the training is sustained for an excessive period of time, Hill warns Meares could even be at risk of auto-immune diseases due to elevated cortisol levels.
If you’re like me and feeling a little shamed by the fact that you’d be lucky to do six hours of exercise a week, don’t be.
“You definitely shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t do that much!” says Welsh. “It’s a lot more than is required to stay healthy.”