Overtraining Syndrome occurs when the amount of stress placed on the body is greater than the body’s ability to recover. In short, too much work and not enough rest. Being able to monitor your training intensity, frequency, volume, and recovery will allow you to train consistently and avoid overtraining. However monitoring these factors is easier said than done.
First, let’s understand what causes overtraining, its signs and symptoms. Training is simply the act of placing specific stress on the body to elicit a specific response. Whether you aim to lose weight, rehab an injury, or lower your blood pressure, specific stress is required to make the desired changes. There is an obvious physiological stress present when training but there is also great neurological stress, both of which require adequate recovery in order to perform. When these stressors become too great, decreased appetite, headaches, insomnia, prolonged muscle and joint soreness, irritability, and a drop in performance or even injury are tell tale signs that you are overtrained. Your body is telling you to back off, and this is a good time to adjust your workouts and a simple reprogramming might just do the trick. Click here to read more on how you can avoid overtraining and when you need to switch up your workouts.
If you are feeling overtrained it is important that you express this to your coach and take time off or decrease the intensity of your training until your body can adequately recover. Remember, training adaptations are not linear and there will be ups and downs. Listen to your body, dedicate time to recovery, and avoid overtraining.
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