Are you overtraining? Part 9.
Today is day nine of our overtraining syndrome series! If you haven’t read the others yet you can find them HERE
Below are several key indicators that you might be overtraining.
Increased perceived effort during workouts.
Loss of appetite
Agitation & moodiness
Insomnia or restless sleep
Chronic or nagging injuries
Stress and/or depression
Some people live for punishing workouts and grueling competitions. If this sounds like you, the inability to train or compete can significantly affect your psyche. Many people can go from one extreme to the other.
Exercise is a great stress reliever and can improve our mood. However, it can become so addicting that you then feel stressed out or depressed when you miss a workout.
Many years ago it was viewed as a rite of passage to tear your hands on a pull-up bar, scrape your shin on a box or even vomit during/after a workout. It seemed as if it just came with the territory.
There’s a smarter way though. A better approach is to follow a training program that includes both active recovery days (often our Wednesdays) and complete rest days.
Rest can be frustrating, but recognize that a day or two spent on the foam roller is better than missing a week or two because you’re pushing yourself too hard.
Recovery today allows for greater production tomorrow.