Overtraining – What is it, Symptoms & Recovery

P: In our previous post we spoke about the benefits of recovery. Today we shall delve deeper into the premise of overtraining, how burnouts and plateaus could be lead to lowered performance or injury.

OVERTRAINING 

What exactly constitutes overtraining? Overtraining occurs precisely when you don’t give your body adequate recovery between workouts. It can lead to poorer performance, injury, and affect your overall wellness. For a more in-depth view of the subject read this helpful article I found on Healthline on the Signs of overtraining. As a general user of fitness, I have learnt to listen to my body but this hasn’t always been the case.

encountering doms

P: I first researched DOMS after a kettlebell workout. DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is the kind of soreness you would typically feel after a day or two after a hard workout. It left me in debilitating pain and severely unmotivated for days. As I researched this was a common sign for DOMS. I felt relieved.

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deterence to rest

P: I found the excitement of starting a new fitness program or trying a new fitness Youtuber, I wasn’t giving myself enough rest. In times like this, I went back and asked myself if this was sustainable, and if it wasn’t, I would take a rest day or have an active recovery day where I would just do some yoga. 

In our earlier post, I expressed the benefits of foam rolling. In case you missed it, you can read the article here.

K: Hustle culture and toxic notions of productivity perpetuated by society often manifest in our lives in different ways, and even our mindset when it comes to workouts is not spared from this. While your first instinct may be to feel inadequate if you don’t go all out and work out like a maniac, remember that rest and recovery is extremely important to reaching your fitness goals.

importance of muscle recovery

K: We must remember recovery is as important to muscle growth as damaging the muscle fibres. Taking rest is so important for making this a lifestyle or even maintaining a healthy gym habit.

P: If you ignore the signs, which is physically impossible, you won’t be able to perform your best on the mat. 

K: Not only if you burn yourself out physically and mentally, you simply will not be able to be consistent on your journey. More importantly, you also run the risk of suffering debilitating injuries. Listen to what your body is telling you! Resting is not a sign of weakness, rather, it shows how strong you are allowing your body to become when you give it the time it needs to recover.

WHAT’S NEXT?

P: Since we have a considerable amount of information to share about overtraining, we decided to create a bonus article on plateaus and burnouts.

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