Is it possible to over train? Well yes, it is highly likely to overtrain as an athlete and as a regular gym goer. This just means that you have been training at an extremely high rate in hope of getting amazing results. This is not always the case. It is possible to overtrain to the point where your body isn’t able to recover fast enough. Athletes and regulars at the gym, often exercise harder and longer so they can improve at a faster rate. In this case, there is not enough adequate rest to balance out the training regimen. This can cause a decrease in performance for an individual.
Conditioning and training require a balance between work and overload with adequate rest and recovery. This leads to whats know as OVERTRAINING SYNDROME!
Some Common Signs and symptoms:
- Washed-Out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy
- Mild leg soreness, general aches and pains
- Pain in muscles and joints
- Sudden drop in performance
- Decreased immunity (An increase in colds and sore throats)
- Decrease in training capacity/intensity
- Moodiness and irritability
- Loss of Enthusiasm for your sport or training
- Decrease appetite
- Increased incidence of injuries
Step you can do to prevent this is try keeping a training log! Include in these notes how you are feeling during your workouts. It is very important to listen to your body during your training. The ways you can treat Overtraining Syndrome are by being sure you stay hydrated at all times. Reducing or stopping your exercise or training regimen for a little, to allow the body to catch up on recovery and rest. Try getting a sports massage. This may help relax you mentally and physically. you can also try something new by cross training. This helps athletes mix things up a little bit and shock the body. This works especially for those who are mentally strained.
Just be sure to always rotate muscle groups when you’re training, stay hydrated and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! 🙂