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Rest

Are You Over Training?

I am all for people getting up and doing more but rest is just as important if you are already training to ensure you do not burn out. Over training doesn’t necessarily mean too much training but too little rest and recovery, when we work a muscle the muscle fibres tear, with adequate rest and recovery those muscle fibres can repair themselves and grow stronger, if your body doesn’t have the opportunity to repair itself all your hard work during exercise can backfire and you are at more risk of damaging the muscles. Whether you are strength training to build muscle or training for a marathon, training for 6 hours a day, as some celebrities would allow you to believe they do, is actually counterproductive. Inadequate rest and recovery can result in both physical and psychological symptoms, take a look at the warning signs and see if you could be putting yourself at risk.

  • Tired, drained, lack of energy
  • Muscle soreness
  • Pain or soreness in joints
  • Insomnia
  • Increased number of colds, sore throats etc.
  • Decrease in training intensity
  • Moodiness or irritability
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increase in injuries

If you think you are jeopardising your workouts and want to ensure your activities are safe and effective start by taking a few days rest, stay fully hydrated, refuel after your workouts and look to include regular sports massages into your training regime.

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