If you spend any time with athletes, you are bound to eventually hear some of them brag about how their most challenging of work outs. They may push themselves into exhaustion and over-training deliberately. While they may feel proud about this and brag about it openly, you should know that over-training carries risks. Read on into the following paragraphs for why you should know and acknowledge your personal limits.
Over-training is easy in weight lifting and resistance training. It can be very tempting to max out the highest numbers you can, just to boost your confidence and ego. However, when you train with excessive weight, you are actually causing tearing in your muscles. Not only can this lead to injury that stops your exercise altogther, but your muscles have to focus resting hours on healing the tears instead of growing, which is what you want.
Do not run for an excessive period of time. Even marathoners typically train in much shorter segments. When your body jogs for too long, it will actually stop sweating because of fluid depletion. This might feel good and cool at first, but it is not a second wind. What is actually taking place is heat building up in your body without chance to escape.
Make sure you eat something prior to exercise. If there is not fresh fuel in your body, it is going to start using internal tissue for energy. While this can be useful in burning up fat within your body, if you work out regularly, you might actually be using up muscle mass too.
Do not overstretch. If you stretch too far, you are not lengthening or relaxing your muscles, but ripping and maybe snapping them. A good stretch should feel mildly uncomfortable but not painful. If you stretch to the point of pain, you are going too far, because your body pain is a warning sign to never ignore.
Do not exercise when there is excessive heat. Heat stroke and dehydration are both very real threats that can incapacitate you quickly. Both of these dangers can ruin or claim the lives of individuals of any gender, health or age.
Try not to overwork your muscles. When your bodily repair functions are focused exclusively on your lean mass, they might be neglecting your skeleton, organs and skin. Bulking up does you no good if you ruin your overall health in the process.
Never exercise while injured. Not only will this lengthen your recovery time, but it could aggravate and compound the injury. Also, if you feel like you can avoid using the injured part of your body through modifications, you are overworking the rest of your body and risking injuring those too.
The intended purpose of this article was to show you the importance of knowing when enough is truly enough. With luck, you should now be able to tell that moment when your exercise actually starts working against you instead of for you. Honor those moments and change things up to spare yourself losing what you have gained.