Fitness: we want more of it!
Getting in shape, feeling healthy and strong, mentally excelling; these are addicting feelings because they make us feel so good. And while a regular fitness routine is essential to feeling your best, so is a regular routine of rest. Overtraining is a syndrome that could be said to affect everyone in the fitness world at some point or the other. The idea is that you push past the point at which your body can reasonably repair and rebuild after the exercise input. There is an irony to overtraining because it causes fatigue that hampers your ability to work out; and it can also interfere with restful sleep- that valuable time your body needs most to repair and rebuild. Other symptoms include:
- Elevated anxiety and depression
- Your body reaps less from a standard work out
Furthermore, by not giving your muscles sufficient time to recover, injury is a likely outcome!
How to avoid the pitfall of overtraining
There are critical ways that you can prevent your body and mind from falling into the trap of overtraining. First, establish a regular rest schedule. This could mean as much as every other day for beginners and at least once a week for more advanced trainers. Be sure to focus on variety in your routine to prevent the same muscles from becoming perilously overworked. And finally, do whatever it takes to find the full schedule of sleep you need in between workout days.
Keeping your mind and body balanced
Fitness and mood are inextricably linked. They both affect each other in varying degrees. If your exercise life is taking a toll on your mental health, be sure to take a break and talk to a health professional. At Ahkami Medical Group, we are the Passaic women's resource for achieving true balance and wellness.