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Photo: BigBlueStudio (Shutterstock) I do two workouts most days: a session on a spin bike in the morning, and weightlifting in the afternoon or evening. But I remember a time when two-a-days sounded like an incredible amount of work, the domain of pro athletes and people who had an unhealthy obsession with exercise. It turns out that doubling up on workouts isn’t as scary as it sounds though, and can actually help you find more time in your day to exercise. Before we get into the why and how, let’s talk about one important reason not to do two workouts. If you’re preoccupied with how many calories you’re burning, or if you exercise to “earn” your food, or if you feel like a bad person for exercising less than usual, these are all reasons you might want to reevaluate your relationship with exercise and consider seeking help. These can be signs of compulsive exercising , which is in the same family of mental health issues as eating disorders. The National Eating Disorders Association has a helpline and resources if you need them. Why you might want to do two workouts in a day Okay, now let’s talk about some of the good reasons to do two workouts a day. The most common is to avoid inconveniently long workouts. Runners often split up their easy runs to get enough weekly mileage: it’s easier to do five miles in the morning and five in the afternoon than to wake up early […]