Appropriate training and adequate recovery and rest leads to enhanced performance and improved body composition. Unfortunately, there are many athletes and exercise enthusiasts who believe that more is better. This is absolutely not true. Excessive training without recovery can lead to a multitude of negative symptoms that affect both the body and the mind. This is known as the principle of overtraining. In the most extreme cases, training too hard for too long can result in…
- Loss of motivation and even depression
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of skeletal muscle
- Loss of strength and endurance capacity
- Sleep disruption
- Anxiousness and restlessness
- Performance decrements despite continued training
- Decrease in appetite
- Overall coordination loss
While it may seem obvious that physical training is meant to improve health and performance, there are many cases in which people train (oftentimes accidentally) for the wrong reasons. In my experience, I myself have, or have known friends who train to self-medicate, to self-punish, or to feed an exercise addiction. In these instances, training took a negative detour from the path of, train recover grow stronger train recover grow stronger, into train get injured or grow weaker. It is imperative that anyone following a serious training program receive oversight from an experienced coach or Best Personal Trainer Richmond BC.
Oftentimes a good coach can spot one of the aforementioned signs of overtraining and tell an athlete or client to dial it down during their workouts for a few days, or to even take a few days off from regimented exercise altogether! Rest and recovery is an essential part of the training process and without it, there will be no strength or endurance improvements, fat loss, or muscle gain. The principle of overtraining states that only bad things happen when you go too hard for too long without adequate R&R to go along with it.