3 Steps to Avoid Overtraining
If you are dedicated to your workout program and you are highly motivated to achieve exceptional results, chances are you are giving 110% each and every session.
One big mistake people may make as they go about their workouts is, ironically, doing too much exercise overall. Neglecting rest is a critical error because without sufficient recovery time your body is actually on the verge of ‘overtraining’.
Here are three steps that you can take to help reduce the chance that you will suffer from the unfortunate results of ‘overtraining’:
1. Sleep Well
First… make sure that you are getting at least 8 hours of good quality sleep at night.
Sleep is the primary time when your body is going to recover from your training sessions, so if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body won’t have the rest and repair time it needs to be ready for the next day.
Especially on the days when you do a hard workout, aim for a little more sleep time to allow for the additional recovery your body needs. Maybe try having a warm bath with Epsom salts in the evening to ease into a restful sleep.
2. Fuel Up
Next…make sure that you are fuelling up after the workout session is completed as well.
Providing the raw materials that your body needs to recover – the carbohydrates, proteins, and dietary fats — will be essential to continue building on your successes.
And, if you are following a fat loss diet and reducing your daily calorie intake, make sure that you also reduce your exercise volume accordingly. Keep a journal of your exercise and food intake to help you monitor your energy levels.
3. Keep Everyday Stress Low
Finally, make sure that you pay attention to your daily stress levels. Any form of stress is going to tax the body, so if you are not dealing with your stressors, you could be unwittingly pushing your body into a state of overtraining.
Practice good stress management techniques and you’ll fare far better.
Keep these quick tips in mind and you should be able to side-step the problems of overtraining.