How I knew I was Over-Training

I think the world is trying to tell me me something.  You see a few days ago I came across this article about over-training.

The thing is a part of me already knew that I was in the over training stage.  I just didn’t want to admit it.

The article however was my wake up call.

So I’m currently doing Insanity: The Asylum.  Don’t get me wrong I am enjoying it, however I have been doing crazy workouts for a really long time now.  It was only a matter of time before my body was going to say “seriously stop it I need a rest”.

Signs of Over-Training

Your’e Tired

As a parent it’s normal to feel tired.

However I had days where I felt so tired, it felt like I slept through a workout.

Quitting a workout because you had a no energy to get through it is a sign you are over-training.

Taking a Nap

Naps a sign you are not getting enough rest.

The fact that I’m taking them shouldn’t that tell me I’m over-training?

Not giving 100%

To improve or success you have to give it 100%.

The sign I knew I was over-training, I cheated by doing the low impact exercises.

Allowing Adequate Recovery 

Recovery is important.  Yes I have been allowing recovery weeks, but at the same time I know I have given my body the adequate rest it needs and deserves.

For a while I was l like “but I have Tough Mudder in a month (19th Jan 2013), and I want to be at my best peak form”.

Well you know what I’ve come to realise now, that I need to do what is best for me.

Yes I still plan on doing Tough Mudder, but I might not be at my peak fitness.  But holistically I will be fantastic.

Which is why I’m adding Yoga back into my fitness regime.

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Starting back up yoga has really helped holistically.  It centres my breathing, my body and mind.

I’ve started up Namaste Yoga which makes for a great cool down after a run, or one of my Asylum workouts.

Yes Shaun T recommends you do Relief after each workout, and I like it, but I much prefer the ‘flow’ of namaste yoga, and it goes for the same amount of time.

I also purchased “Michelle Merrifield’s Yoga”.

I have no idea if it’s going to be any good. But for $8 at BigW you can’t go wrong.  If I don’t like it, well I’ve only lost $8.

The most important thing to take away from this is to

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You’re body will tell you if you are doing too much.

It’s ok to stop, and take a few days off.

Recovery is just as important.