Are you overtraining?

Beware of overtraining! Many people have a great attitude to reaching their health and fitness goals and dedicate a large amount of time to them. However, there is such a thing as too much exercise. The greater the intensity and duration of the exercise, the greater the recovery time needed.

Purely aerobic exercise (5 minutes of continuous exercise or longer) has the least effect on the body's metabolism, and as such there really is no 'too much exercise' here. Provided you are not doing more than 2 hours of aerobic exercise every day, just go for it!
However, if you're like me, you want the most out of your exercise sessions. But this means a lower frequency of these sessions per week. Strength training (aka resistance training), for example, should allow 72 hours recovery for the muscles used. The Busy Body system utilises 'compound abbreviated strength training', and the recovery for this version of resistance training is one week or more!

How do I know if I'm overtraining?

Here are some signs to watch out for:

  • decreased strength or performance during exercise
  • loss of appetite
  • constantly dehydrated
  • restless sleep
  • irritability
  • loss of concentration
  • lower energy levels

If you think you may exhibit one or more of these symptoms, review your exercise regime and cut back if required! To maximise your results, look at improving the other 'results factors' - nutrition and lifestyle 🙂

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