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Overtraining Syndrome and Solutions

Everyone wants to get the packed abs (well, probably everyone that is reading this); the strong arms and the physique of a God. While this is a great goal to reach, there are more important things to take into consideration; like being able to move your body with ease! If you want to make sure that you are reaching your best with your body, make sure that you don’t overwork your body’s potential. One of the major problems that many people run into at the gym is that they work too hard. This is known as overtraining syndrome. Here we dig a little deeper, but you can also take a look over here for more info about overtraining (or the Wiki page here) for more information.

It’s easy to focus on reaching your goal during one day at the gym. This idea becomes addictive, causing longer workouts, less effectiveness, and a body that is fatigued instead of healthy. If you find yourself spending too much time at the gym, you might have overtraining syndrome.

If you’re on the edge of overtraining, then you need to recognise it as soon as you can. The main antidote to overtraining syndrome is to monitor what you do pretty closely and to be honest with yourseld. You are in charge of how much you workout and when you decide to do it. You need to know how much time you are spending at the gym and with each area in the gym. It is recommended that each training week should also consist of time away from the gym (2 days at a minimum). This means that you should take a break at least once a week and ideally twice.

While you are at the gym, you need to keep an eye on how long you are staying there. Make sure that you don’t stay at the gym for more than two hours on average, but it really shouldn’t take that long to have a decent workout (and avoid too much chatting!). It is expected that staying longer than this will begin to fatigue your body, especially if you are working some of the same muscles repetitiously. You will want to make sure that you know when to stop after you have gone through a series of your workout. After you begin to monitor these two aspects of your workout, you can move into the finer details of what you are doing.

One strong approach to kicking the overtraining syndrome is to focus on intensity and make sure that you are using every moment of your training time to get the best out of your workout. This means that you shouldn’t lift weights or do cardiovascular exercise monotonously. It should be working your body to its full capacity in a short amount of time. This is enough to get your muscles in shape and to keep your body feeling good. In the world of exercise, less is more. For example, if you do long reps of one activity, your muscles will become fatigued and will start to do the exercise wrong, breaking form and wasting time (and increasing your chance of injury). The result is that there will be no result. Your muscles won’t continue to work like you want after the workout. This lack of intensity, instead of focusing on one area, will cause exhaustion. If you can’t do the work out in a short amount of time, you wont work in a longer period of time either.

Overtraining syndrome, despite possible solutions, is becoming a common problem among both males and females. You don’t want to join the others around you, instead, you want to show that you can work smarter, not harder, with every workout. By monitoring yourself and gaining knowledge on what is best to do with each area of your body, you can have a brilliant workout each time you go to the gym.