by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
Have you been feeling like your enthusiasm’s gotten the best of you, and you have been exercising without any rest or without eating right? If so, the only thing you are doing is inviting trouble to your body through overtraining.
Overtraining is something that is real and a great harm for those of us who really enjoy a good workout. Sometimes we ignore the signs of overtraining, but instead of doing so, it is best that we fill ourselves with the knowledge of its signals.
There was a moment in my workout routine in which I started to feel overwhelmed and that energizing feeling I once felt when I first began to do exercises was not there anymore. Relizing this, I sat and asked myself; What could it be? After analyzing myself, I came up with the conclusion that it could be that I’m just over doing it! So, I set forth on doing a little investigation and came up with some ways to deal with it and now I’m going to share it with you. But, first how do we deal with it all together?
We can’t go off thinking of ourselves as the man of steel: we can not do everything at once. Truth is, we are only humans, so we shouldn’t even try to be a marathoner, power lifter, and a sprinter all at once.
You should always make sure to eat enough food. Food is the fuel needed to propel your body. If you are working out a lot, you should eat well. Nutrition is a must for people who are really into fitness. It is important to eat a good combination of carbs, proteins, fats, and supplement as well.
You also need to avoid too much stress. There are some kinds of stress that are important such as, exercise stress. The muscles within your body exert themselves and your body repairs the muscles. But you should definitely avoid chronic stress which are the regular mundane stressors that we face.
Plenty of sleep is also something that our bodies need in order to function right. Sleep is so precious, but we do not get enough of it. This is the time during which growth hormones are being released. But on the other hand, lack of sleep amounts to cortisol production, an excess of which increases body fat and eats lean mass. In this case, your immunity also suffers. These are all trademarks of overtraining.
If overtraining has not been avoided in time, here is what you should do once you have noted the signs:
Take a long period off such as a week of rest. Yes, you heard correct, an entire week! There is no need to worry. Doing so is not going to make you gain back the belly fat and nor will you forget how to do sit-ups.
If you start to feel guilt and can’t get rid of it, try to understand this; overtraining will take you back much further than having rested for a week will ever do. When I felt that way, my body was telling me something, but I didn’t listen to it and my advice now to you is, to listen to yours.
In this case, the best thing you can do is, learn from mistakes made and fix it while it still can be done. Once realizing that you have bitten off more than what you can chew, it is time to step back, look at what went wrong and change it. It might seem easy enough, but often, you will not want to admit that your body was not able to take on all the exercise you were putting it through. But the time has come to put the ego aside and place your body up front.
Remember that in order to achieve higher levels of exercise, it takes a process. It may be that you need to lower the amount of weights being used? Reps? Exercise less days of the week? And the same goes for nutrition. Is it that you are eating what is wrong for your body? Perhaps you need to introduce something else into your diet?
Once you have reset, it is time to get set, and go! After you have closely analyzed your errors, redo your exercise schedule, change things up, take it easy on yourself and then go for it. Only that this time around, you need to make sure you pay more attention to your body’s cry for help!