It is a common problem in weight training, but it can also be experienced by runners and other athletes. It is a condition that can be around for years if you don’t rest. Many people don’t take it seriously, I know I haven’t. But overtraining is a serious issue.
I have been in sports since I was a little girl. I’m very competitive and I want to be the best in everything I do. I train really hard…way too hard! And I have always had a problem with slowing down.
Symptoms of overtraining include:
- Decreased muscular strength
- Inability to complete workouts
- Depressed immune system
- Frequent minor infections/colds
In my case, I experience some of these symptoms when I feel I’m overtraining. I can’t lift as heavy as I could before. I get tired very easily. I get a cold or the flu way too often. I have problems with sleep. And sometimes I get very depressed and I have no idea why.
So, when you feel like you could be overtraining, here is what you can do:
- Take a break from training. You can start with a week off.
- Temporarily decrease the intensity of your exercise.
- Get more sleep (7-8 hours).
- Get a good massage.
- Use foam rollers.
- Change/improve your diet
I’ve lost count of how many colds/flus I have had this year and I really need to relax! So, I have decided to take two weeks off from the gym! I have 19 weeks until the IFBB Women’s World Championships and I want look my best!
Hope you all have a great week:)
The Icelandic BN Beauty
- Margret Gnarr -