Here at Fitness Fondue, we too have ‘fitspos’ that we keep track of and who continually inspire and interest us.
One of these girls is Hannah Ross (@hannahelaine624), who recently wrote a very agreeable rant on her Instagram feed…
I personally don’t believe in training for more than an hour at a time. A lot of people feel that training for extensive periods can put the body into a catabolic (muscle eating) state and exhaust your body in all the wrong ways.
Here is what this little fittie has to say about overtraining:
So many people are overtraining, including a lot of your fitness icons. I am here to say DO NOT BE LIKE THEM!
So many people flaunt their ridiculous cardio routines and hours of weight training each day. Overtraining is a real thing that can lead to a range of serious and not so serious health issues.
A few things your should know are:
- Training for a long amount of time ultimately increases cortisol (bad) and decreases testosterone (also bad). You are putting your body under too much stress and instead of building muscle and shedding fat, you are going to go into a catabolic state where your body will actually eat muscle and hold onto fat.
- Your body needs recovery time. REST IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS DIET AND EXERCISE! When you overwork your body you are not allowing it to rest. People who overtrain typically have difficulty sleeping because their bodies are in constant go mode and are unable to relax. If you do not get adequate rest you will experience more soreness after workouts and an inability to recover.
- Overtraining weakens your immune system. So ultimately if you don’t stop overtraining, your body will hit you with constant illness and an overall feeling of in-balance.
These are just a few things among many that your body will go through when overtraining.
Now, how to avoid it:
- Keep weight to training to around an hour a day. Less time does not mean less results. BE EFFICIENT WITH YOUR WORKOUTS. Keep the pace fast and intense.
- Take rest days and GET ENOUGH SLEEP!
- Quit doing hours of cardio everyday. For real. Cardio sucks anyway. It’s all about balance.
- EAT A WELL BALANCED AND HEALTHY DIET WITH LOTS OF NUTRIENTS. Starvation is never the way.
- ALWAYS DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!
And that about sums up Hannah’s very good argument!
Do not overtrain. Stick to a good, hard, varied weights workout and a little cardio afterwards. Eat healthy, drink water and get enough sleep!