Are you OVER training?

January 12, 2013

If you are a person who likes to exercise 6 days a week, be sure to follow this advice from the American college of sports medicine.  I encourage my clients to cross train by mixing up their workout routine to “shock” the muscles often, reduce boredom and reduce injury.  I have many clients who take my classes such as Pilates, TRX, 5K running training, Yoga and the Groove dance based class.  

This article from Active Lifestyle helps point out what to do.  Always note, if your immune system is continually run down, you need to take a look at the following info.

The best way to deal with the effects of overtraining -- known as Overtraining Syndrome -- is to prevent rather than treat the condition. That's the recommendation in a joint consensus statement on OTS from the European College of Sport Science and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Overtraining Syndrome occurs when excessive overload in workouts combines with inadequate recovery.  Although overload is necessary to improve performance, it’s difficult to know when an athlete has been pushed over the limit.

Symptoms of OTS can include insomnia, headaches, fatigue, irritability, depression, injuries and a sudden drop in performance.  If an athlete has OTS, he or she may need to reduce or stop training altogether to allow for adequate recovery. 

Because no simple diagnostic test exists to identify the problem and there is no evidence that OTS can be quickly treated, the focus should be on prevention.

The experts suggest these guidelines to help keep safe during training:

1.  Follow a periodized training program with sufficient recovery times
2.  Take a least "one passive rest day" per week
3.  Get adequate sleep
4.  Eat enough calories; that is, don't lose weight unintentionally
5.  Don't let your glycogen supplies get depleted. Eat enough carbs to get you through increasingly tougher workouts.
6.  Avoid excessively monotonous training routines
7.  Keep a training log, and don't be afraid to adjust or skip workouts when you are overly fatigued.

Try a combo of workouts such as the ones we provide at Live-Well-Fit..

Sunday is a great day to rest, plan and prepare your healthy meals for the week and get your new playlist ready on your ipod! 

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