Most of us desire to have a six pack of abs while also having the best-looking arms or legs in the gym and are willing to do whatever it takes to get there. This includes putting hour after hour into achieving this goal. Recovery days do not exist and lack of energy via poor food sources and sleep deprivation tend to appear. This is when overtraining comes into play.
When the body is training more frequently than it takes for the body to recover, it may ultimately lead to a decrease in performance. Signs that you are experiencing something known as Overtraining Syndrome include:
-lack of motivation
-decrease in appetite
-increase in illness
-increase in muscle soreness and pain
What are some ways to prevent Overtraining Syndrome while still getting adequate training sessions in?
Recovery days are just as important to incorporate into your programming as the workout itself. Without these, once fallen into the overtraining syndrome trap, one may lose sight of the health and fitness goals that they have set forth for themselves to achieve in a short period of time.
Take two or three days a week to rest, foam-roll, stretch, and just simply recover. Results from training take time to achieve. Overtraining will ultimately take you longer to accomplish your goals.