Training vs. Overtraining

One of the biggest mistakes our in home personal trainers have seen clients do incorrectly is overtrain. The best tip today’s post can give is to train hard and train smart; don’t train more. Exercise is one of those things in life that definitely can be overdone and your body will yield negative consequences as a result. Here are a few tips to help so that you do not overtrain:

1. GET YOUR SLEEP
Sleeping 6-8 hours a night is essential for muscular and joint recovery. A central nervous system that is not fully recovered will not only hinder your workouts but it will make you more injury prone. Take a short nap during the day if you need to for 20-30 minutes. If you think you don’t have time, MAKE SOME! Animals take naps and so should you.

2. MORE IS NOT BETTER
Train until the muscle is fatigued. Our at home personal trainers advocate training until fatigue so that do not over do it to the point of injury while still breaking and building the muscle fibers. Do yourself a favor and don’t follow workouts that are listed in a fitness magazine. If one workout was so “magical” wouldn’t everyone be doing just that one workout? There is no trick or quick and easy fix to fitness, fat loss, or muscle gain. By overworking your muscles your chances of injury are much higher AND you do not automatically build more muscle by training more.

3. PRACTICE PROPER NUTRITION
It’s needless to say how important proper nutrition is. 70-80% of the way you look is the way you eat! 70-80%! So when we talk about weight loss and good shape keep up with keeping your body anabolic and well nutritioned. This will greatly help your body heal and to also stay away from overtraining. Here’s a good blog on staying anabolic:
http://www.gravitytrainingsolutions.com/fit-tips/catabolism-vs-anabolism/

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