Symptoms of Overtraining

OvertrainingHave you hit a wall with your progress? Do you ache more than you normally do? Do you feel constantly fatigued and lacking motivation? If you answered yes to any of these then you could be overtraining. Overtraining not only can affect you physically but it can affect you emotionally. Overtraining can affect many forms of fitness exercises but the majority is in relation to resistance training. You could be trying to increase muscle size, strength, power, endurance or muscle tone.

What Are The Most Common Symptoms of Overtraining?

* Constant fatigue

* Persistent muscle soreness

* Lack of motivation

* Fail to complete normal workout regularly

* Injured more than usual

* Increased susceptibility to illness and infections

* Irritability

* Depression

When we first start to try and improve our health, fitness and the way our body looks, we tend to think more is better. That is not the case. I remember when I first started resistance training. I would train for hours and hours. I just assumed the more I trained the bigger my muscles would grow and my health would improve. It was not until many years later I realized that recovery is just as important as training. Gains are all in the recovery. If you look at any fighter such as a boxer or an MMA fighter, they rest up the week of the fight. All the hard training is stopped. Why do they do this? The rest lets their body fully recover so they are in prime condition come fight night. If they trained non-stop, even the day of the fight, would they perform as well? We know they would not. They would fatigue quickly and struggle to fight at their best.

How Can You Prevent Overtraining?

First and foremost, you must realize you are overtraining. Once you feel you have many of the overtraining symptoms then you can start on the path to stop your overtraining. Here are some of the key tips to fight off over training.

* Have a whole week rest to fully recover

* Assess you current training program to see how you can add more rest days

* Make sure your nutrition and hydration is in line with your training

* Get plenty of sleep each night

Remember, overtraining can be as bad as no training! Life is about balance. Get the balance right in all areas of life and you will reap the rewards.

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