Confessions of an “Over Trainer”

Last weekend I missed my 2 Hour Saturday Detox because of a very fun brunch event.  In reality it wasn’t that big of a deal, but all week I found myself trying to make up for that 1 workout (don’t judge, I already told you guys about my neurotic tendencies) .  In all seriousness, I felt really out of  shape and had this weird need work out really hard for the next few days to make up for it.  Fortunately, my friend/work out buddy provided a rescuing voice of reason after our Turbo Kick class on Wednesday.  She just sent me an email that said “You aren’t out of shape, you are over training.”  And that’s when it hit me, I needed to CHILL OUT.  I was seriously showing signs of an “Over Trainer” …

Me, pooped after an intense workout. This SHOULD NOT be a “daily” thing!

As you guys know by now, I’m strong advocate of pushing your body and mind to get the fitness and health results you desire.  However, there IS such thing as “over training” and I know this because I struggle with it.  Like all things in life, too much of any thing ultimately becomes a bad thing.  If your body doesn’t get adequate recovery time, your workouts could do your body more harm than good and put you at serious risk for injury –  keeping you from working out altogether!  Mental and psychological risks of too much exercise also exist.  For instance,  feeling depressed, fat or out of shape without long, intense regular workouts and sacrificing your personal commitments and relationships to hit the gym are just a couple.

I’m all about getting your sweat on, but if you think you are over training, def chill out for a bit and talk to your doctor about it!

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4 Comments

  1. TOTALLY agree. I overtrained for years! Remember? I would even be late for class to get my workout in (!!) – and am littered with injuries now…

  2. Totally agree! I overexercised for years – remember? I would even be late for class to get my workout in – and i’m littered with injuries now…not worth it in the long run!

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