BrandBacker Member Are You Training Too Hard?

Are You Training Too Hard?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A great sign of people that try to train in fitness to the degree that they can is that they’ll try to continually motivate themselves. This can often become more and more informed by the results that are seen. This is truly an excellent state of affairs to enjoy. However, over time too much work can quickly lead to a phenomenon called overtraining. This form of physical exhaustion can impede progress, and you may not even know why.


Here are a few steps to identifying and rectifying overtraining problems..


Too Much Volume

Too much training volume can often hurt people. It can be quite apparent to see when this is the case. If you find yourself absolutely exhausted after a workout (to the point where it’s concerning,) you find that injuries or the felt potential of injuries are growing more prominent by the day, or that you cannot recover fully in time for your next workout, it might be time to consider how hard you are working out.


While newbies can often take the most punishment and make the most gains in a short space of time, adapting to a new routine can take a little time to do. Be sure to try and rectify this by adjusting your efforts. Remember, no matter how fast you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch. You can always get better as the weeks progress, but if you injure yourself you will lose plenty of potential self-improvement time.


Lack Of Sleep

It might be that despite your perfect and appropriate workout schedule, you’re not recovering where it really matters. Let’s say that you’re hoping to get fit and healthy. Where do you think this will be most helped? The gym? Actually, no. Only around 20% of the benefit you’ll gain will be from working out, while 40% will be spent positively making good choices in the kitchen, and the remaining 40% will be spent sleeping and recovering from your hard efforts.


If you find yourself exhausted during workouts, often plateauing or perhaps making much less progress than you need to, consider your sleep hygiene. For some people, a new weight training regimen might mean they require 9 hours of sleep instead of the recommended 8. Experiment, and see what works for you, but always be sure to make the changes where necessary, and get enough sleep in general.


Injuries, Tightness, Disease

Tightness can often be the sign of your body reacting to intense pressure, or overtraining. It might be that seeing a chiropractor could help you completely reduce your potential for an upcoming injury, or sooth the pains of overtraining after you have already solved the reason. It might be that the volume of your working out is fine, but the manner in whi