What is overtraining, how can you tell if you have overtraining symptoms and what are the treatment options?
What Is Overtraining?Overtraining is training at a rate higher than the body's recovery rate -you're asking more of yor the body than it can recuperate from. But it's during rest, not exercise, that the body gets stronger and develops improved abilities. Not getting enough rest limits its development potential and in severe case make your fitness level deteriorate.
The Gut Reaction Is WrongThe first reaction many people have when they stop making progress is to think they have to work harder to achieve their goals. May that be training with heavier weights, doing more exercises or running longer or faster.But when you are overtraining and do this, you are asking your already taken beyond its limits body to do even more. As it already didn't have enough of rest before you stepped it up even further, you are making everything worse and achieve the exact opposite of what you want.
Overtraining SymptomsWhen you are into fitness and try to get better at your chosen sport, you do have to take your body to its limits. But how can you tell if you aren't going beyond the limit? There's a fine line.The signs and symptoms of overtraining are different for each and everyone, but some indicators to watch out for are:
- A sudden drop in performance
- Feeling tired, despite getting enough sleep
- General aches and pains
- Sleeplessness or problems sleeping
- Increased number of colds
- Decrease in training capacity / intensity
- Moodiness and irritability
- Loss of enthusiasm for the sport
- Decreased appetite
- Increased number of injuries