BY DAN BUHLER
Overtraining is defined by a series of emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms and can otherwise be known as the “burnout” stage. This is different from the day-to-day variation in one’s performance and post-exercise tiredness that is common. Overtraining is marked by extended periods of exhaustion that occur even after recovery periods. Common symptoms are: fatigue, mood swings, altered sleep patterns, depression, or the loss of competitive desire and enthusiasm for a sport. Some will report a lack of appetite and weight loss. Physical symptoms include elevated levels of muscular soreness, increased frequency of viral illnesses, an increase in injuries and abnormal heart rates.
After reaching a certain level of fatigue, it is crucial that you allow your body to recover, either by rest or easy recovery workouts. Rather than dealing with the problem once it occurs, it’s important to add some basic measures in your daily life to prevent those red flags before they begin.
- Follow your plan, not your training or exercise partner’s routine.
- Set goals and keep a training log.
- Eat properly and sleep well.
- Decrease your level of stress (work, family, etc.).
- Get a physical and blood tests every six months.
- Rest. Take a day off each week, or even a few if necessary.
Dan Buhler is a personal trainer at Razor Sharp Fitness. To learn more, visit razorsharpfit.com/meet-fitness-trainers.