While you certainly want to make sure you train hard enough, often enough, and intense enough to give your body a proper workout, you risk overtraining if you push yourself too hard. This can result in an increased risk of injury, a compromised immune system, loss of muscle, and more. So, how do you stop yourself from overtraining?
Here are 10 ways to consider:
- Take 1 or 2 days from your workouts off each week, giving your body ample time to recover before exercising it again.
- Don’t work out for more than 60 minutes at a time as longer workouts can easily lead into overtraining.
- Vary the intensity of your workout during different exercise sessions so that your body isn’t always working at maximum capacity.
- Exercise using lighter weights, reducing the impact on your muscles and lowering the effect of diminished returns.
- Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night as this is when your body replenishes your energy stores and best heals any training-related issues.
- Schedule regular deep tissue massages to relax tightened muscles and work the toxins out of them.
- Eat a balanced diet (which includes consuming carbohydrates) so that your body has all of the nutrients it needs to perform during your exercise sessions.
- Keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water before, during, and after your workout sessions.
- Take vitamins and supplements to limit the risk of deficiencies and to give your muscles the vitamins necessary to engage in regular workouts.
- Bypass your workout routine if you aren’t feeling well as you risk overworking your body when it already has reduced energy stores and stamina.
By following these 10 basic guidelines, you will reduce your risk of overtraining, as well as all of the negative consequences that come along with it.
What do you do to stop yourself from overtraining? Share your tips and tricks below and help others who are finding ways to prevent it too!