The Pitfalls of Overtraining
Of all the phrases thrown around by people I personally feel “Too much of A Good Thing” makes the most sense. It just goes to show that excess of even something good could prove harmful in the long run. This is especially true when it comes to working out.
Making a decision to lead a healthy life and then sticking by it with dedication is great, but you have to make sure this dedication does not border on obsession as it could lead to what is commonly referred to as “Overtraining”. Overtraining is a condition where your body is pushed beyond its means and is not given the adequate rest it deserves to recuperate. Not only does this take a serious toll on an individual’s physical well- being but it also affects his/her mental makeup, as one of the biggest pitfalls of overtraining is not seeing any significant gains. And we all know how badly this can bum us out especially after the gallons of blood, sweat and tears spilt at the gym.
Besides psychological ramifications like depression, anger and frustration brought on by a plateau, overtraining also leads to a bunch of issues such as:
Soreness and muscle ache
Loss of appetite
A weaker immunity system
As you can see over training is a serious concern that should be avoided at all costs so make sure your enthusiasm doesn’t get the best of you.