OVERTRAINING can lead to a decline in performance.
OVERTRAINING causes you to breakdown even further.
LESS is MORE!!!
HOW TO AVOID OVERTRAINING
Well, too much of a good thing can be… well…. A bad thing and working-out is no exception to that RULE.
Did you ever hear the words whipped around in every day conversation “in moderation”? In moderation you can eat badly, in moderation you can _, you fill in the blank.
Now, don’t go tossing around that I said you should workout moderately and working out a lot is a bad thing. Let’s be serious for a minute.
When applied correctly, exercise is a great tool to improve both physical and mental health, it will help you achieve body composition goals and create a stronger healthier you!
However, there’s also the other end of the spectrum, where we get bombarded by messages such as “no pain no gain”, “go hard or go home”, and “suck it up buttercup”, no matter how tired or overwhelmed you are. In fitness atmospheres working out for hours on end, skipping rest days or pushing yourself to your absolute limits every single day is often validated – after all, the more you do, the better, right?..
Ask yourself these questions if you are someone who works out regularly:
- Do you find yourself dreading workouts as opposed to looking forward to an energizing sweat sesh?
- Have you been incredibly sore lately, particularly experiencing one-sided soreness?
- Do workouts take up a very large chunk of your time 5-6 times a week and hours a day (unless you’re a professional athlete)?
If any of this sounds like you, your body could be under stress from too much training.
While any exercise is technically a stressor, when performed in appropriate amounts, this stress tends to be “good” – promoting adaptation, improved endurance and muscle growth. However, if you’re exercising too much, too intensely, or both, the body doesn’t
get any chance to repair and recover, and the next time you train, you’re basically wearing yourself out even further! BAM!
Further signs of over training include but not limited to; Decreased performance, sleep issues, moody or mood swings, reduced appetite and tiredness and fatigue.
DON’T TRAIN HARDER- TRAIN SMARTER!!
— Remember, unless you are an athlete there is no need to train countless hours a day 6 to 7 days a week.
How to train smarter? Remember fitness should be flexible and fun!
Make fitness fit into your lifestyle. If you work long hours that tend to be more aerobic, then I encourage you to hit those weights! Grab those dumbbells and start building muscle and begin doing so gradually.
Start with a minimum of three days lifting for no more than thirty minutes. Then gradually increase as your body adjusts.
Focus on major muscle groups, you do not need multiple HIIT training sessions a week followed by weight training in the same day.
Look at your fitness levels, are you more active and ready to workout in the morning, afternoon or evening?
It’s best to listen to your body and work with it then against it.
Don’t be afraid to rest, and let’s be sensible. Our bodies need time to repair, rejuvenate itself. How can we expect so much from ourselves and our bodies if you do not give it the opportunity to heal?
This is your wellness journey and your health. Listen carefully to your body and make sure that not only is your physical body well but mentally too.