One of the problems most frequently observed among people who train is that they over train. People frequently do not take into account the amount of time it takes for the body to properly heal and recover from an intense workout. They mistakenly think that more is better and as a result they continually push themselves too far. It may be unintentional but this is the most common way people doing any type of training end up causing injury to themselves. Don’t make the same mistakes and learn the mechanics behind how training improves your body.
When you train your body you are actually causing your muscles to breakdown. Your body responds to this my rebuilding muscle stronger than it was before. Your workout itself isn’t making you stronger but rather the time you spend recovering and rebuilding muscle is what makes you stronger. Pushing yourself to the max is actually detrimental to you reaching your goals, but be sure not to push yourself too far where you can be injured. Keep in mind, recovery time is key to any workout.
If you do not allow the appropriate time to recover you will end up injuring yourself. A quality workout trumps a quantity workout on any day. Pushing yourself too far will just end you up in the hospital.
Experienced endurance athletes know the importance of this and this is why they taper reducing exercise just days before completing their workouts before an event. They need to allow their bodies to recover in order to perform at their best. However, few athletes integrate this practice into their usual workout. If letting your body recover completely before a big competition allows you to perform at your best doesn’t it make sense to also allow your body to be at its best during your training? The more recovered you are on the day of your training, the more you able to safely push yourself. You will be able to increase your speed, strength and get those faster gains.
Don’t Play If You’re Not 100%
If you injure yourself you run the risk of not recovering enough during your taper period and missing the big competition. Make sure your body is always at 100% to avoid injury and don’t take the chance at missing the opportunity to compete. You do not want to have to play through the pain during an event.
As pointed out by a number of wellness school instructors, another important factor in proper training is proper nutrition. What you put into your body will dictate how well you are able to perform. Improper nutrition also puts you at risk for sustaining an injury. Just as a car under-performs with the incorrect fuel, your body is no different when filled with improper nutrients.
Just how important is nutrition in fitness?
Monitoring good nutrition can be critical for those looking to live a healthy lifestyle. When you combine a health diet with physical activity you can reduce chronic decease risk and maintain a health weight.
According to HSS.gov, your daily food choices can affect how you feel today, tomorrow and in the future. In other words, a healthy lifestyle can lead to a more happy life.
Over-training is much too common. Be weary of the symptoms which include: persistent fatigue, tiredness, increased heart-rate, chronic pain, and a lack of energy. Set time aside to recover and give your body what it needs to perform at its best. Doing so will not only decrease the chance of injury but will also help you reach your training goals more quickly
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