Beware of Overtraining
By: Adrian Quimbayo-Cipric
What is Overtraining?
How Can Overtraining be Prevented?
I Think I am Overtraining, How Do I Fix It?
Why Does it Matter?
Recognizing overtraining matters because as previously mentioned, it can impact anyone, from child athletes all the way up to the professionals. Anyone who performs exercise can potentially be affected by it if they are either training too intensely for too long, or the more common circumstance, under recovering. Going all out pedal to the medal for training 24/7 sounds cool, but is not the right train of thought to have when it comes to long term improvement, especially for those who are less experienced. It can potentially hold back and stop athletes from reaching that next level that they desire. It is more important to be efficient with one’s training, knowing when to push and when to slightly hold back, as well as making sure the recovery one is receiving is optimal and they are not undereating or under sleeping. This also can tie back to how important it is for an athlete to have an offseason because as humans, our bodies need rest and time to recover, and cannot go one hundred percent for extended periods of time with no breaks. It is important to train intelligently, and to remember the purpose of training in the long run is to improve, to build up and not to break down.
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