Is it possible to get too much exercise? The answer is yes. It is known as the overtrainingsyndrome,” and the effects of it can be detrimental to your health.
Overtraining occurs when physical performance decreases even though training continues. When athletes or fitness enthusiasts perform more training than their bodies can recover from, performance rapidly declines. It can happen to anyone from football players to runners, and from dancers to everyday “gym rats.” Most of the time, trainers are afraid to rest believing that they will experience setbacks; however, lack of rest- two to three days-will result in the body being forced to rest for weeks. Emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms caused by overtraining begin to manifest:
- Decline in physical performance
- Decreased appetite and body weight loss
- Occasional nausea
- Elevated blood pressure
- Muscle tenderness and joint soreness
- Loss of muscle strength, coordination, and maximal working capacity
- Sleep disturbances and depression
The overtraining syndrome may be avoided by alternating programs between hard, easy and then moderate periods of training. Also, avoid engaging in high levels of exercise intensity, duration and frequency. The key is to use moderation. Listen to your body. Communicate with your trainer. If your trainer is overly aggressive or ambitious, speak to him or her about your feelings. Our trainers are continuously monitoring this constant process of intensity but we can’t feel what you feel.
Remember that resting the recommended two to three days between training is necessary for achieving optimum results. Moreover, your health depends on it.