Overtraining – Learn and Balance the Risks
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that too much of anything could ruin the results, whatever you are aiming for. And the same is applicable to training as well. While going for intense exercises reflects your zeal and passion to aim for extra-ordinary results, it is also recommended to check yourself and see if you are not overdoing it in order to prevent severe, serious, and permanent injuries that you cannot recover from.
So you ask, “How do I know if I’m over-training?” That is a good question. Here are a few symptoms that may indicate that you’re training too much for your own good!
- Severe fatigue
- Slow recovery rate
- Pains and sores that do not recede
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to focus on other routines
- Declining athletic performance
While these are the observable symptoms, sometimes you may not realize that you’re overtraining. But your body might throw you some sudden indications while you are training too much that it needs some rest. This is why you need adequate cool-off periods especially when you’re training intensely.
The Rest Guide!
As you can guess, the optimum number as well as the quantity of breaks depend on the intensity of your workout routine. It also depends on your overall fitness levels and your medical condition as well. One right thing to do is switch your workouts every day to target the muscles that were not engaged the previous day. This ensures that the worked out muscles are getting the much needed rest for a day.
It is recommended to get at least 1 or 2 days per week off from intense training. That does not mean that you can be couch potato during the entirety of those two days. You can participate in certain outdoor activities, play a bit of sports, do some yoga or meditation, or go for a walk during those days. Just ensure that you are not exerting any pressure on the muscles that you target during the regular workout days.
Would you like to learn how to plan your workout regimen ideally so that you do not over-train? Well, our fitness experts at Steel Gym would love to help you plan your routine! Get in touch with us today.