It is not an uncommon act to see individuals beating their bodies up beyond a safe point when it comes to nutrition and exercise.
We live in a society of extremes and forget how to balance our lives out and live a healthy life in the middle. One extreme is very common and often published in papers. That is the extreme of overeating and lack of or zero exercise. That extreme we call the overweight or obese population. Granted, there has to do more to that population then just those two variables, but for simplicity sake we will just use exercise and nutrition.
The population that gets overlooked are what we label as the “gym rat” or “cardio queen”. These two populations go to the extreme of over training and under eating. They believe in pumping up the hours in the gym while maintaining an excessively low nutrition lifestyle.
Now logically it makes sense, because we have all done it. But when it comes down to the facts and stories, its harmful. It’s not about how much you can break your body down, rather how many breakthroughs can you have with your body and mind.
Those “gym rats” and “cardio queens” have such an addiction to vanity that they can’t help but exercise all the time and restrict their lives of healthy eating. What kind of life is that? This is not me bashing. It’s a way of teaching you that there are other ways to create the body you deserve without killing yourself.
Let’s start with the basic symptoms of over training, and I will discuss in another post ways to avoid it and techniques to train smart and eat smart. If you feel any of these symptoms, take a few days of rest or even a week and come back to the gym with a plan(marked in red are generally the ones that pop up first):
* Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy
* Mild leg soreness, general aches and pains
* Pain in muscles and joints
* Sudden drop in performance
* Decreased immunity (increased number of colds, and sore throats)
* Decrease in training capacity / intensity
* Moodiness and irritability
* Decreased appetite
* Increased incidence of injuries.
* A compulsive need to exercise
Again it’s about creating breakthroughs with your body and not so much of how badly you can break your body down. If you are part of this extreme, I challenge you to change for 30 days. Rest for a few days and then plan on cutting down your exercising and increasing your nutritional intake.
WARNING!!! It is not uncommon to see yourself gain a few pounds when changing like this. You are creating a shock to the body, so give it time to adjust. Usually while overtrained, your metabolism is very low. Allow your body to adjust back to a normal way of living and I promise the results will be even better. Ride the wave and come out victorious.
Dedicated to your results,
Greg KalafaticTags: breakthrough, cardio queen, greg kalafatic, gym rat, lack of energy, moodiness and irritability, overtraining