You’ve heard people say it, ‘If I train hard, I’ll get faster, I’ll get stronger and the more I train, the better I’ll get.’ Right? Wrong. What every body needs is rest and recovery. If you do not give enough to your body, you will become overtrained and you will slow down and become weaker. Every one is different, but you MUST listen to your body and allow your yourself to have at least one day of full rest. That way your muscles can repair themselves, and rejuvenate to be ready for the next workout.
How Do I Know If I’m Overtraining?
Have you just increased your training schedule to do more days a week? Have you started a new training program that requires a repetitive motion for a long period of time (i.e., running, swimming, biking)? Are you under more emotionally or other stress than usual? If you answered, ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be overtraining.
What are the Symptoms of Overtraining?
Change in resting heart rate
Decrease in performance
Decreased mood state (i.e., moodiness, depression, irritability, etc.)
Loss of desire to work out or compete
Altered immune system
Persistent muscle soreness
Altered glucose regulation
What Are The Treatments for Overtaining?
REST! The more overtraining that has transpired, the longer you need to rest. You can alternate days of training by doing one day on, one day off until you feel the symptoms subside. But, continue to listen to your body. Gradually start back by increasing workouts no more than 10% each week. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink enough fluids and get enough nutrients in your body pre and post workout.
In Good Health,