Fitness Tip of the Day: Avoid Overtraining

Pushing yourself too hard might land you on the bench
Staff Writer

“It’s great to challenge yourself in workouts, but avoid “overtraining,” which prevents your body from adequately repairing the damage exercise causes to your muscles. If you continue to push, you could increase your risk of injury, halt your progress toward building muscle, and even interfere with your fat loss efforts due to hormonal disruptions. There are several signs of overtraining, but the most common ones are feeling fatigued throughout the day, feeling particularly weak in the gym, dreading workouts that you normally look forward to, feeling restless at night, and getting sick more than usual. To avoid overtraining, limit your workouts to 60 minutes, have a proper post-workout meal that contains both protein and carbohydrates, and get enough sleep each night. And if you think you may have pushed yourself too far, take time off until your body feels normal again.”

—Mike Matthews is the author of Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body. He has been training for more than a decade and has helped thousands of people lose weight, build muscle, and get healthy.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.


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