It is easy to think that if you train harder, longer and more frequently you will get stronger, faster, etc. The truth is, that training hard day after day puts your body in a constant state of stress and breakdown. Over training is actually worse than under training!
As with most things in life, moderation is key. Allow 48 hours between hard workouts, alternating intensity with restorative sessions concentrating on flexibility and mobility. Yoga, Tai Chi, stretching, an easy spin on a bike or an easy walk can be great recovery options.
Taking one day off every week with out any added physical activity is a must. Allowing your body to rest and recover is truly the best way to improve!
Signs of overtraining:
- Sugar cravings
- Poor Sleep
- Depression, lethargy and moodiness
- Elevated Heart Rate
Stay on the path!
Carol Porter is a personal trainer and fitness guide in Ashland, Oregon. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, exercise and performance-training specialist, and yoga teacher. Her sports interests are cycling, running, yoga, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and cross country skiing. You can reach Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org