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Over Training?

Over Training?

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Some people are sedentary, while others are obsessive and extreme in their mission for a leaner physique and go overboard with exercise. Exercise addiction is probably the most contradictory of all addictions. Many compulsive exercisers have behaviors similar to drug addicts, including altered moods and withdrawal.

Some people are sedentary, while others are obsessive and extreme in their mission for a leaner physique and go overboard with exercise. Exercise addiction is probably the most contradictory of all addictions. Many compulsive exercisers have behaviors similar to drug addicts, including altered moods and withdrawal.

Overexercisers define themselves by their strenuous exercise routines often causing physical exhaustion. Little do they know, they’re putting their health at risk, especially if they’re radically cutting back on their food intake and watching every calorie consumed. Females who over-exercise and deprive themselves of proper nutrition can experience loss of menstruation cycles and ovulation. This sets them up for risk of osteoporosis, hormone dysfunction, stress fractures, a damaged metabolism and adrenal fatigue.

More Harm Than Good Although regular, consistent exercise is highly beneficial for health, vitality, longevity and fat loss, a compulsive exerciser will stop at nothing to get their “high.”

However, when exercise is taken to extreme measures it can cause serious damage including chronic colds, respiratory infections and immune dysfunction, hormonal disruption (specifically hypothyroid and adrenal exhaustion), physical injuries, depression, physical exhaustion, autoimmune disease, increased oxidative stress, and/or permanent damage to health.

Points to consider: How long are your workouts? After a 10-15 minute warm up, optimally your actual workout should last no longer 30-40 minutes, possibly even less than that. Spending more than an hour per workout is futile and detrimental to increasing strength, muscle size, hormones and decreasing body fat.

Testosterone levels peak after approximately 15 minutes of training and begin to level off after 30-45 minutes. Cortisol levels (the catabolic, growth-inhibiting, stress hormone) start rising after 30-40 minutes and anabolic levels (growth hormones) decrease. Extremely high levels of cortisol overtime cause an increase in body fat, particularly at the abdominal skin fold.

Muscle growth and adaptations to muscle occur during recovery and rest, not during the actual workout. Cutting back to 3-4 training sessions/week will induce greater gains in strength and recovery. (some individuals may even need less)

Are you getting stronger with each workout? Are you losing or gaining body fat? Do you experience chronic aches and pains? Do you schedule in rest days? If you exercise intensely day after day after day, most likely you’re over-training. Even though you may be training different muscles groups or performing different activities, you must take into consideration all systems of your body:

•Endocrine/Hormonal System
•Immune System
•Central Nervous System – The nervous system takes 5-6x longer to recover from exercise than the muscular system.
•Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual

Author: Bernadett Matassa
TOOBEHUGE@aol.com
http://floridamusclemag.com/blog/are-you-over-training/

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