Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, stay in shape, and remain healthy for years to come, but too much exercise can lead to overtraining. Typically associated with little rest and excessive repetition, overtraining can result in injury or illness. Here are some strategies that will help to avoid overtraining.
Sleep – Make sure to get plenty of sleep. This ensures that the body has ample time to replenish muscles and restore strength.
Proper nutrition – Food is just as important as sleep. The body will use food as a tool to help the body to recover.
Stretch and warm up – Stretching and warming up before a workout alleviates tight muscles that could encourage overcompensation, which can lead to injury.
Varying intensity – Varying the intensity levels of your workout routines continues to challenge muscle groups while allowing others to recover.
Recovery days – Scheduling recovery days allows for the body to recover and prepare mentally and physically for the next workout.
Typical warning signs of overtraining include the following:
- Decreased immunity
- Decline in performance
- Achiness or pain in muscles/joints
- Elevated morning pulse
- Sudden inability to complete workouts
- Appetite loss
Experiencing any of the symptoms listed above? Or do you have questions regarding overtraining injuries? Coastal Orthopedics has doctors that can help, call (843) 484-0976 to schedule a visit or click here.