Are You Getting Enough Rest?

Achieving your fitness goals includes getting adequate rest and recovery.

Achieving your fitness goals includes getting adequate rest and recovery.

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
  • Illness
  • 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. 

If you have questions about overtraining or would like an evaluation of how your fitness regimen is impacting your body, contact us.



Dr. Mike Urban's experience in sport performance training, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal chiropractic disciplines have been achieved through field experience and extensive education that includes training through Chapel, McMurtrie and Bartlett Chiropractic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Chesterfield, Missouri. Dr. Urban checks his email daily and welcomes any questions, comments, or inquiries to

Posted on August 27, 2014 and filed under performance tips.