I believe that our bodies are made to handle vigorous physical activity.
In fact, a normal, healthy human body craves exertion. But heads up; it also craves adequate rest.
Be careful not to overtrain. When athletic individuals establish a consistent routine that includes strenuous exercise, it's sometimes easy for them to lose sight of the goal of overall fitness and well-being.
This goal requires that your body receives adequate recovery and rest as part of your regular fitness program.
I tell my active patients, particularly hard core trainees, that adequate rest between workouts and a plenty of sleep will help them achieve fitness goals more efficiently. Here are some common signs of overtraining that I see:
- Decreased performance
- Chronic aches and pains
- Frequent injury
- Restless sleep
Do you recognize any of these? They may be signs that it's time to take it easy and reassess how hard and often you're training.