We fitness enthusiasts are a unique bunch. We’ve found our passion and nothing can keep us from reaching our fitness goals-or can it? You many have noticed that this Mother Runner hasn’t been doing much running lately due to plantar issues that won’t really go away.
What I have been doing is everything else I can possibly think of to keep up my fitness. I have been spinning, swimming, kick boxing, strength training and hot yoga. I’ve also noticed how exhausted I am the past few weeks. I admit I’ve been exercising on my “off” day just to make sure I stay in shape. I know, I know not supposed to do that right? Often people who are most prone to over training, have a very hard time realizing that they may be doing it. I have found myself in this situation before so I am wondering, “Am I over training now?”
What is overtraining?
“Overtraining is a physical, behavioral, and emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual’s exercise exceeds their recovery capacity. They cease making progress, and can even begin to lose strength and fitness. Over training is a common problem in weight training, but it can also be experienced by runners and other athletes.” (Wikipedia)
What are the symptoms?:
-Getting sick more often
-Past injuries are returning
-Feeling physically or mentally worn down after a workout
-Joints or limbs may hurt every time you run, swim or bike etc
-Moody or irritable
-Losing enthusiasm for your favorite workouts
-Losing muscle or gaining fat despite increasing exercise
-Restlessness or sleeping issues
-Feeling sluggish or chronically fatigued
-Noticing an elevated resting heart rate
These are some of the signs and symptoms of over training however there is no clear cut test. Athletes may report feeling some or all of the above symptoms.
So what is one to do about it?
Rest-Obviously but easier said than done sometimes.
Cross train-Let different muscles do the work
I am not sure whether I am over training right now or just feeling the symptoms of a long, cold winter and the frustration of not being able to run much.What do I plan to do? Go back to taking my rest day once a week. I know it’s important and we all need it. My husband and I are fortunate enough to be heading off for a little warm vacation this weekend and I hope to come back feeling more recharged. And tan-that always helps!
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So tell me, have you ever felt any of these symptoms? What did you do about it? Any Advice for me?