I am sure you’ve heard the term overtraining, a couple of times in your life. It’s a term used very often by fitness gurus, to make sure that people understand that training too much and too often, can sometimes be detrimental to your gains and even your health.
Overtraining occurs, when you’ve been working out more than you should be. Because you’re not giving your body enough time to rest and recover, this will prevent any new mass from developing. In fact, overtraining can lead to a loss of appetite, loss of overall motivation and constant fatigue.
Here are some guidelines to look out for, if you suspect you’re overtraining.
- Your muscles are still sore, when your next workout session comes around
- You are having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep at night
- You’re feeling anxious or depress
- You have no energy at the beginning or even during your training
- You are not seeing any type of muscle gains, whatsoever
- You feel lazy and a lack of motivation
The best way to overcome overtraining, if you feel you’ve encountered this wall, is by taking some time off. I will suggest maybe 5 to 7 days off, to help your body recover fully. Ease yourself back into your training, and make sure to follow your routine. Don’t believe you’re superman, who doesn’t require any type of rest, for their body to recover. You want gains, so you have to make sure you’re getting your 6 to 8 hours of sleep.
Sometimes your lack of motivation, may come from overtraining itself. Please check out if you have more than one of these symptoms, so you don’t hinder your gains and become demotivated!Read More »