Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Recognize and Avoid the Dangers of Overtraining

Overtraining is when a person exercises at a high intensity level, for a long duration, and above an average frequency. Working out to much, for too long can prevent your muscles from making a full recovery and add stress to your body. To improve your fitness level in a safe and healthy way you must learn to maintain a balance in the amount of time you work out and the amount of time you give your body to rest.

Suffering from injuries due to overtraining can not only happen to athletes and regular gym goers. Anyone has the ability to overdo it at the gym. Overtraining is also more than just a onetime intense workout. You may recognize overtraining by its pattern that consists of an imbalance split between the amounts of time one exercises to the amount of time one rests. The biggest signs of overtraining are sprained ankles or knees, while other include chronic joint pain, frequent illness, excess weight loss, fatigue, etc.

In addition to physical side effects, overtraining may also have mental and psychological effects probably due to loss of sleep and appetite. Signs overtraining may be effecting you mentally include depression, anxiety, and lost enthusiasm.

How to Avoid the Dangers of Overtraining

- Do not increase the intensity of your workout more than ten percent once a week.

- Make sure you are setting aside full days to rest. You should not be performing your workout routine more than five days a week.

- Alternate your workout days. You should not lift weight and workout with resistance training on the same day. This is because your muscles need to recover after weight training, and if you do not give them a day to rest you risk overdoing it.

- Consult your exclusive fitness gym personal trainer! At Sitaras Fitness, we put our client's needs first and make it our job to help you reach your fitness goals without putting unnecessary strain on your body!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011