We know how it is. You hit the gym everyday and push yourself to the max all in pursuit of that godlike body. If you’re on a roll you want to keep going no matter what, but do you know when it’s time to stop and take a break?
In order to get the maximum benefit from exercise your body needs recovery time to repair and regenerate the muscles. Without this downtime you’ll never get those arms you dream of! The body will become weaker and leave you open to the risk of injury in the gym. Know when to spot the warning signs and when you do, put those weights down, get off the treadmill and relax.
There are certain signs you will notice if your body becomes overtrained;
Experiencing fluctuations in resting heart rate and blood pressure
Constant aches and pains with slow recovery rates
Constant changes in appetite
Regular injuries from working out
Disturbed sleeping patterns
If you notice any of these signs you need to rest. Give yourself time off from the gym and you’ll notice the difference in your performance when you return. Not only will you performance improve but you’ll also get back on track to achieve the goals you set out to do.
Once back in the gym, there are steps you can take to help prevent overtraining. Don’t stick rigidly to one routine. Keep your routine fresh and add some variety as too much repetition can cause stress to body and mind.
Gradually build up the intensity. Rather than jumping head first into lifting the biggest dumbbell, start off at a modest weight and work yourself up in steps. You’ll increase your chances of success and reduce the level of strain on your body.
Give your body a fighting chance at recovery by eating the right foods and making sure you regularly get a good nights sleep.