“Did you work out today?” or ‘’what is your favorite exercise?”
Basically, one word that I have been repeating for the last couple of years is, “exercise.”
But what good has happened, when the only thing I hold dear, failed me? Yes, you’re reading it right. For some time, I had to quit working out because of over training, also known as “Over training Syndrome”. My goals were so big; I forgot to give the much-deserved rest to my body.
From the last couple of years, I have been training my body, making it go through rigorous situations. Recently, I realized that even my body needed some rest due to over training.
What is Over training Syndrome?
Over training syndrome frequently occurs in athletes who are training constantly and doing so, beyond the body’s ability to recover. Athletes often exercise longer and harder so they can improve. But without adequate rest and recovery, these training regimens can backfire and actually hamper performance.
Symptoms of Over training Syndrome:
- Washed-out feeling, lack of energy and drained feeling
- Muscle soreness, general aches
- Insomnia, Headaches
- Sudden drop in performance and many more
Reasons why I couldn’t muster enough strength to go back to the gym:
- My conscious mind convinced me that one more day wouldn’t hurt much
- Started crawling into my comfort zone of not working out
- Started losing my strength and endurance
- Lack of motivation, moodiness and irritability
And yes, don’t forget to take it easy. Start with the basics. The last thing you want is to walk into the gym after a month and while trying to squat your “usual” load, and throw out your back. (Hello, another month off!)
Preventive measures you can take to avoid over training syndrome:
- Rest and recover – Let your muscles relax for a week or so and then get back to your regular routine. Trust me a person can regain the lost muscle much more quickly after an extended layoff
- Drink plenty of water – Your muscles are fatigue because of the dehydration. So, drink plenty of fluids and alter your diet plans if necessary
- Heated massage – Yes go for it as it can loosen out your tight muscles increase blood flow and rid the body of built – up lactic acid and other toxins
- Eat enough calories- It is important to match or consume a surplus of calories expenditure for the day.
Remember your goals and work accordingly because smart training is the path to faster times and good health. Hustle up.