Overtraining is when you exceed your body’s ability to recover from a strenuous exercise.
If you are the type of person who thinks that more is better than you could be overtraining. When it comes to exercising your body can only take so much within a 24 hour period. It is impossible to say how much exercise is too much for a specific person, but a good average is between 45 and 90 min daily depending on your level of fitness.
By excessively exercising, your body will break down lots of muscle tissues in which it won’t have time to repair itself because the more you do it, the more it breaks down. Your body won’t build the muscle you want it to build and you actually end up losing muscle rather than gaining. And to make things even worse, your body’s natural survival instinct will actually make you hold on to more body fat to help your body stay alive and break down even more muscle tissue.
Symptoms of over training may include: decrease in performance, excessive fatigue, loss of appetite, metabolic imbalances, excessive joint pain, gain in body-fat, muscle loss and lots more.
Here are few ways to avoid overtraining: keep strenuous workouts less than 90 min daily, eat a balanced diet rich in protein for recovery, keep your body hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily, sleep for a minimum of 7 hours every night, reduce daily stress, stretch or take a recovery class once a week.
Taking care of your body and health should be priority in your life, maintaining a proper exercise and diet routine is essential for vitality.
Moderation is always key, more is not always best, keep that in mind and stay healthy.
For any questions on overtraining or if you think you may be experiencing overtraining, talk to one of our certified trainers at Core57 and let us help!