Do you feel like your training sessions are yielding fewer results?
Maybe you’re sore, tired and irritable instead of experiencing that euphoric buzz that exercise should provide?
When you started training the results were great!
The fat shifted, your muscles toned up and you felt like the energiser bunny…
But now those gains have diminished.
Maybe you thought, “If I just try harder”…
And added longer sessions, heavier weights or more frequent visits to the gym.
This might have even helped… for a time.
But now those exercises feel hard, you are simply exhausted, and your body has stopped responding as you’d like.
These signs, gorgeous, are symptomatic of overtraining syndrome.
As certified RRCA running coach and ACE personal trainer, Ashley Crossman says, “Overtraining happens when an athlete performs more training than… her body can recover from, to the point where performance declines.”
It’s a very real thing!
And it can sabotage your ability to achieve a lean, healthy body!
This begs the question, how do you know if you’re overtraining?
According to an article in the American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Journal overtraining can exhibit signs including…
- Continual sore, stiff muscles
- Unrelenting fatigue
- Frequent colds and infections
- Trouble sleeping
- Period irregularities (yes, your menstrual cycle can go AWOL!)
- Nagging injuries
- Poor concentration, and
- Decreased performance
Plus, many women find they also gain back some of the weight they’d previously shed…
And this is just the beginning.
If this sounds like you, it’s time to implement some sensible steps to aid recovery…
After all, being lean and well are the aims.
Here are 3 important strategies I recommend to my overtrained clients:
1) A mindset shift
I know how hard it can be to truly understand that excessive exercise is part of the problem.
After all, that goes against much of what we’ve been told (falsely, mind you) about fat loss…
“Just exercise more and eat less.”
Instead, we must learn to appreciate that we cannot sprint a marathon.
We need exertion, yes, but also sufficient rest for recovery.
2) Nutritional nourishment
Imagine: You’ve set out to drive from Sydney to Brisbane but your tank is half empty and your oil light is already on.
You’d stop and top up your vehicles ‘nutrients’, right?
Yet we often push our bodies without giving a second thought to the delivery of the nourishment we require.
The macronutrients: protein, fat and healthy carbohydrates are essential for both performance and recovery…
Micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants are key for recuperation and function…
Healthy hydration levels flush out toxins and aid a lean body.
3) Sleep well
While overtraining can lead to problems sleeping, sufficient slumber is a key part of effective treatment.
Want to know more?
Check out my article Have Your Heard This Sleep Myth? now.
When it comes to overtraining, the good news is that cutting back and boosting rest are the best answers.
Better health and increased lean body success!
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