Knowing when to take a break
In today’s blog we look at the world of over training. While it`s true many people don’t workout hard enough it`s also true many workout way too hard and too often, leaving them bewildered as to why there’s little or no progress.
No matter what your chosen activity may be, from bodybuilding to self-defense to kickboxing or whatever; it can reach the point of becoming an obsession at times leading to overtraining, learn to listen to your body, it will tell you when you reach that stage.
It`s a real issue, after all, we can over-eat, over-drink, over-sleep and over-anything really! As they say moderation is the key and any physical training is no different.
The symptoms of over-training
The symptoms are like those of jet lag, long term illness, poor nutrition, etc. just basically feeling run down and no longer motivated to complete your workouts like before when you felt on top of the world with endless energy.
I personally found this out when I got hooked on lifting weights, it was my whole life! I had to work out twice a day seven days a week without fail! The very thought of not doing that was unthinkable! Even though I was so sore it was a chore to get out of bed without screaming!
I couldn’t understand why my gains were so slow in coming, I mean, I’m working out so much so why am I still wearing a medium sized shirt? surely the more I work out the more muscle I should have, right? Wrong! Doesn’t work that way at all.
One day I get lucky and meet a guy in the gym who informs me I’m over training and need to cut back to three or four sessions a week if I really want to develop muscle and strength, and also pay attention to my diet. I never considered I was doing too much and being a `gym addict` now I’m worrying about what I will do on my many days off from my second home, the gym!
But he looked like he knew what he was talking about, so I took his word for it and did as he said, and like magic I start developing muscles without the previous pain, now I’m experiencing a nice soreness that isn’t as severe as before. Actually, not pain at all.
I was then getting to train with lots of experienced people all offering great advice, and soon I was in the best shape since I started and soon realized the mistakes I made in the beginning, mainly overtraining!
For all those who feel addicted to the gym etc. just relax and take a day off once in a while, it will help you come back refreshed and ready to go again.
Over-training can cause injury!
Apart from the symptoms we went over earlier in this blog, overtraining can lead to injury such as muscle damage due to insufficient rest between sessions. I`ve known many people who tore muscles through this mistake lifting weights and many who pulled muscles kickboxing through this mistake.
Look at it this way, if you tare or pull a muscle chances are you won’t be training at all for quite a while. The `No pain no gain` attitude can get you injured pretty quickly.
Bottom line is this, listen to your body, your body knows the signs before you do. But, are you going to listen? That`s the question only you can answer.
Have you ever over trained to the point of losing interest? Or have you ignored the signs and carried on and got injured as a result? Not everyone will admit to this, I did though, can you?