One of the most destructive traits many have is overtraining.
Overtraining is very common. Especially when the summer season is coming up and you want to look like you just walked out of a men’s magazine ad. So, it this situation, what most people do is workout harder, with fewer resting periods to get into beach body shape faster.
What is not immediately evident is that you are wearing yourself down by not getting enough rest.
The major signs of overtraining are:
- Muscle Soreness
- Loss Of Motivation
- Decreased Appetite
- Elevated Resting Heart Rate
The symptoms also show themselves to others as you might hear being told that while your body looks good, you seem out of it and really tired.
The solution to overtraining is a simple one: Rest.
It is said that the rest period that follows training sessions is a magical process. What actually happens when you rest is that your body switches to recovery mode which is where your gains from training solidify themselves in your body. Studies have shown that a minimum of 36 hrs. of rest after an intense training session. There is no point in going all out with working out if you lose the motivation that is needed for sustained workouts.
Eating well also helps to avoid and recover from overtraining. Get yourself on a balanced diet, not just load up on proteins. Don’t just look at the food content and avoid anything that has fat in it. Fats are essential to your body and while surviving on pizzas and Twinkies is a bad idea, your body needs sufficient vitamins and minerals to keep you in peak condition.
You should consider split training with at least 4 days between training a certain body part again with at least 1 day of rest each week. This will give your muscles sufficient time to rest so that you can maximize your workouts without wasting precious beach time.
Summer is not just about looking good; it’s about having fun. So, get fit, get healthy and get going for summer 2016.