Overtraining, to train or not to train

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Highly motivated athletes can easily overtrain. Overtraining is a process of placing to much strain on your body and also demanding too much  over a period of time. If your training time is more than 5 hours a week and your training is becoming a borderline addiction even at the expense of possibly doing more harm than good, it would probably time to reassess your goals.

The ideal position would be, if you have the assistance of an experienced personal trainer that would be able to help you to get back on track with your goals and gains that you have set for yourself.

It is important to know the signs of overtraining, watch out for this 8 common signs of overtraining:

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  • You have an altered resting heart rate, measure your resting heart rate in the morning as you wake up.
  • Do you always feel thirsty? Doesn’t matter how much fluid you take in, it just feels like nothing is going to satisfy your thirst.
  • Insomnia, you are struggling to sleep at night, back track a little bit and you might find out that the time that you have been struggling to sleep was maybe the same time when your workout time started to increase. Remember you grow and recover when you sleep, so rather decrease your workout time to what it was before and you will probably start seeing a big difference again in your performance and in your results.
  • Often feeling sick?Feeling sick is not supposed to be part of your everyday life, so again listen to your body, because this might be the body telling you that your immune system is not a 100 % and it is taking a lot of strain.
  • Decreased motivation, not wanting to go to the gym is not unusual but if you are living in the gym. Remember if you may have increased your workout time to more than 5 hours a week and you feel not wanting to train every single day, then you might be over trained
  • Lowered self-esteem, this goes hand in hand with the next symptom that is halted progress.
  • Halted progress, because you are not getting in enough rest, remember you grow and recover when you rest.

Remember, if you overtrain it means that your body is constantly in a catabolic state. It is suggested to take a week off, get in plenty of rest ( between 7-9 hours) and focus on getting good clean nutrition in your system . Also review your goals, maybe put in some new ones, take the week to get your focus back and maybe also talk to a qualified trainer for a couple of tips and start the new week with plenty of enthusiasm.